In Politics, The Advocate presents the latest news about the political world. From Supreme Court rulings to state and federal laws, we report on how politics shapes the day-to-day realities faced by members of the gay community. Read about LGBT leaders like Barney Frank and Tammy Baldwin, and their work to advance the LGBT rights movement in the United States and around the world. Learn about legislation related to same-sex marriage, adoption, and other issues in gay politics that will impact the lives of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender Americans.

Pinal County, Ariz., sheriff Paul Babeu was outed earlier this year, after some allegations from a former boyfriend insinuating that Babeu, a conservative Republican, had made unethical decisions in his personal and professional life. While the investigation continues (Babeu says that he welcomes it because it will exonerate him), the sheriff has called off his campaign for Congress. 

May 14 2012 3:22 PM

James Lankford, a Republican representative from Oklahoma, believes a person should be able to be fired for his or her sexual orientation, according to Think Progress.

May 14 2012 2:49 PM

Gallup is calling acceptance of same-sex couples "the new normal" for Americans, based on its latest polling.

May 14 2012 1:16 PM

Colorado lawmakers are back in session at the behest of Gov. John Hickenlooper on a range of bills, including civil unions legislation that failed to reach debate last week.

Why the measure failed to get a vote depends on whom you ask. Advocates and Democrats say that state House Republicans blocked the bill using procedural stall tactics, while GOP leaders said the bill came up too late in the legislative session to be considered.

May 14 2012 11:07 AM

Will Marriage Equality Affect 2016 Presidential Race?

May 13 2012 2:06 PM

Mitt Romney has been under assault all week for a variety of political gaffes, but a new report in Raw Story highlights the questionable ethics of his top aide and political strategist, Eric Fehrnstrom.

May 12 2012 1:53 PM

Four of the country's most influential African-American leaders issued a joint statement yesterday in support of President Obama's new stance championing marriage equality.

Reverend Al Sharpton, president of National Action Network; Julian Bond (pictured here), chairman emeritus of NAACP; Melanie Campbell, president and CEO of the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation; and the Reverend Dr. Joseph Lowery, president emeritus of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference all signed the following statement:

May 12 2012 1:12 PM

After the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, Mitt Romney, spoke at Liberty University today, JimmyLaSalvia, executive director and cofounder of GOProud (a national organization of gay-friendly conservatives) took him to task, saying that Romney's message to Goldwater conservatives is clearly "Drop dead."

May 12 2012 12:06 PM

His marriage equality endorsement may cost him a few votes, not many.

May 11 2012 6:41 PM