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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.
Mark Takano Becomes First LGBT Person of Color in Congress
November 07 2012 12:40 PM ET January 07 2014 2:08 PM ET

Mark Takano Becomes First LGBT Person of Color in Congress

Diane Anderson-Minshall

Mark Takano has won the congressional race in the 41st Congressional District in California, becoming the first person of color in Congress.

Michele Bachmann Manages a Close Win in Minnesota
November 07 2012 12:36 PM ET

Michele Bachmann Manages a Close Win in Minnesota

Advocate.com Editors

Michele Bachmann yet again eked out a win in her Minnesota district and returns to Congress with severely antigay views.

Get The Latest on Washington Marriage Question
November 07 2012 12:24 PM ET

WASHINGTON VICTORY; A SWEEP FOR MARRIAGE

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November 07 2012 12:18 PM ET

Meet the Youngest Out Lawmaker in the Country

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Minnesota Rejects Antigay Amendment
November 07 2012 12:04 PM ET

Homerun: Minnesota Rejects Antigay Amendment

Neal Broverman

Minnesota voters send a mean-spirited ballot initiative packing and leave their constitution unsullied.

Iowa Retains Judge Who Joined Marriage Equality Ruling
November 07 2012 11:46 AM ET

Iowa Retains Judge Who Joined Marriage Equality Ruling

Julie Bolcer

Justice David Wiggins, who joined the unanimous marriage equality ruling in 2009, survived a campaign to recall him.

Openly Gay Congressional Winner Makes History in New York
November 07 2012 3:06 AM ET January 07 2014 5:01 PM ET

Gay Congressional Winner Makes History in New York

Julie Bolcer

Sean Patrick Maloney defeated incumbent Nan Hayworth in one of the most closely watched Congressional races in the country to become the first openly candidate elected to Congress from the state.

LGBT Supporter Wins Hawaii Senate Race
November 07 2012 2:42 AM ET

LGBT Supporter Wins Hawaii Senate Race

Trudy Ring

Mazie Hirono moves up from the U.S. House to the Senate, defeating Linda Lingle, who as the state's governor had vetoed civil unions.

NOM Ally Steve King Wins Tough Congressional Race in Iowa
November 07 2012 1:24 AM ET

NOM Ally Steve King Wins Tough Congressional Race in Iowa

Trudy Ring

He faced a difficult reelection challenge after redistricting.

Maryland Officially Becomes Gay Marry Land
November 07 2012 1:08 AM ET November 07 2012 3:27 AM ET

Maryland Officially Becomes Gay-Marry-Land

Sunnivie Brydum

The heavily Democratic state was among the first to affirm marriage equality at the ballot box, with voters upholding the state's same-sex marriage law.

Marriage WIN Maine Voters Affirm Marriage Equality
November 07 2012 1:01 AM ET

Marriage WIN: Maine Voters Affirm Marriage Equality

Neal Broverman

Maine reverses a 2009 ban on same-sex marriage and makes history.

Gay Rights Foe Marsha Blackburn Reelected to Congress From Tennessee
November 07 2012 1:01 AM ET

Gay Rights Foe Marsha Blackburn Reelected to Congress From Tennessee

Trudy Ring

Blackburn helped draft the Republicans' antigay national platform.

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