In Politics, The Advocate presents the latest news about the political world. From Supreme Court rulings to state and federal laws, The Advocate reports 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 causes of the LGBT rights movement in the United States and around the world. Find out 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.
A Look at Whether People Who Do Not Vote Will Decide the Election
November 01 2012 6:15 PM ET

Poll: Will People Who Skip Voting Decide the Election and Marriage Equality?

Lucas Grindley

What do all those people who are staying home on Election Day think about marriage equality?

Well Known Washington Republican Endorses Marriage Equality for His State
November 01 2012 5:39 PM ET

Famous Republican Joins Equality Fight in Washington

Lucas Grindley

One of Washington State's best-known Republican politicians, Dan Evans, is backing the marriage equality law that is up for a popular vote next week.

Mayor Bloomberg Cites Marriage Equality as Reason to Endorse Barack Obama for President
November 01 2012 3:50 PM ET

Bloomberg Endorses Obama, Cites Marriage Equality in Reasons

Lucas Grindley

The independent mayor of New York City said one of the effects of Hurricane Sandy is clarification about the differences between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney.

HRC Calls for Big Fine Against Spammer Who Sent Antigay Text Messages to Virginia Voters
November 01 2012 3:26 PM ET

HRC Calls for Big Fine Against Spammer Who Sent Antigay Texts to Voters

Lucas Grindley

Voters are being spammed with antigay text messages, according to the Human Rights Campaign, which is calling for $1 million in fines against the right-wing group caught sending them.

Maine Republican Says He Was a Chicken for Not Standing Up for Marriage Equality
November 01 2012 2:00 PM ET

Maine Republican Says He Was 'Chicken' for Not Fighting for Marriage Equality

Lucas Grindley

A Republican lawmaker in Maine who voted against marriage equality while in office in 2009 now describes that decision as a "chicken thing for me to do."

OMalley Sees Real Shot for Maryland Marriage Measure
November 01 2012 1:42 PM ET

Why Does Maryland's Governor See a 'Real Shot' for Marriage?

Julie Bolcer

“We have a real shot at prevailing here,” the Maryland governor told reporters Wednesday despite bad news in a new poll and expected attacks by the National Organization for Marriage.

WATCH: Dallas County Commissioner Calls Lesbian Activist A Gentleman
October 31 2012 4:57 PM ET

WATCH: Dallas County Commissioner Calls Lesbian Activist A 'Gentleman'

Sunnivie Brydum

The Dallas County Commissioner's Court approved domestic partnership benefits for county employees, but not before a Commissioner incorrectly referred to a lesbian activist as "he."

New York Times Endorses Marriage Equality on the Ballot
October 31 2012 4:16 PM ET

 New York Times Endorses Marriage Equality on the Ballot

Sunnivie Brydum

The New York Times editorial board today came out in support of marriage equality ballot initiatives in Maine, Maryland, and Washington.

WATCH The Antigay Parental Rights Ad Confusing Voters In Four States
October 31 2012 2:56 PM ET

WATCH: The Misleading 'Parental Rights' Ad Confusing Voters In Four States

Sunnivie Brydum

A misleading anti-marriage-equality ad airing in four states recycles a false claim that marriage equality will lead to schools teaching children about same-sex marriage.

WATCH Audience Laughs at Michele Bachmann Claim She Does Not Do Political Speech
October 31 2012 12:33 PM ET

WATCH: Audience Laughs at Michele Bachmann During Debate

Sunnivie Brydum

At a debate against Democratic challenger Jim Graves on Tuesday, antigay Minnesota congresswoman Michele Bachmann made the crowd laugh out loud when she said she doesn't partake in political speech