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.

Disheartened by writer James Kirchick's recent commentary 'A Friend to Gays and Antigay Dictators Alike,' Cleve Jones writes a letter to the editor in support of his friend Sean Penn, a man he says is a "tireless champion of human rights both in the U.S. and around the world."

December 13 2008 12:00 AM

National Black
Justice Coalition CEO H. Alexander Robinson discusses
the U.S. government policy that "requires all federal
agencies to recognize only opposite-sex marriages for
the purposes of administering federal programs."

December 12 2008 12:00 AM

Will the courts or the ballot box be the best way to overturn California’s anti–gay marriage constitutional amendment? Legal scholar Kenji Yoshino examines both approaches.

December 03 2008 12:00 AM

FROM THE ARCHIVE: For our cover in January 2009, The Advocate interviewed Massachusetts Rep. Barney Frank, who announced his retirement today, and found he doesn’t suffer fools, tolerate tardiness, or think much of gay rights rallies. Meet Frank and his boyfriend in this profile.

December 03 2008 12:00 AM

As America
continues to rejoice in election of Barack Obama -- while
gay Californians lament the passing of Prop. 8 --
overseas, political activists look on from a distance.
Zachery Scott has watched the drama following Election
Day unfold as he serves in the Peace Corps in

November 28 2008 12:00 AM

Thirty years after the death of Harvey Milk, Americans can
still learn from his inspiring and profound work as an
activist, politician and friend. With the story of his
life opening in theatres this week, Lane Hudson takes
a look back at how Milk's legacy lives on -- and what
we can to do pay tribute to the legend.

November 27 2008 12:00 AM

Three weeks ago,
like many LGBT Americans, I woke up with, to say the
least, mixed feelings. The euphoria of Barack Obama’s
election and the expansion of the pro-LGBT majority in
Congress was tempered by sadness and anger at our
devastating losses in Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, and,
of course, California. The silver lining of these defeats
has been a renewed focus nationwide on the issue of
marriage equality.

November 24 2008 12:00 AM

The 2008 election
may already be one for the record books, but triumphant
Democrats are still vying for an elusive political prize --
the 60-seat supermajority required to overcome
Republican filibuster attempts and advance their
legislative agenda swiftly beginning in January. But what
are the odds of actually getting 60 seats -- and will it
really push gay rights to the front of the line? 

November 21 2008 12:00 AM

to the election of Barack Obama, the gay rights agenda
risked becoming nothing more than a wish list. But after
nearly 30 years during which no major piece of gay
rights legislation has been passed by both houses of
Congress and signed by the president, it is time to make a
a real push for true equality. Our time at the back of the
bus must end. Now. 

November 19 2008 12:00 AM

Henry Rollins has
never been one to shy away from controversy. On the eve
of Election Day, the outspoken singer-comedian-activist
speaks out against Proposition 8, touts Barack Obama,
tells the Pat Robertsons and Sarah Palins of the world
to go back to the Stone Age, and urges LGBT people to
"never relent."

November 03 2008 12:00 AM