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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.
Illinois Lawmakers Plan to Bring Marriage Bill for a Vote
December 14 2012 12:28 PM ET

Illinois Lawmakers Plan to Bring Marriage Bill for a Vote

Julie Bolcer

Senator Heather Steans and Representative Greg Harris plan to push the legislation before the current session ends early next month.

Atlanta Mayor Comes Out For Marriage Equality
December 13 2012 8:33 PM ET

Atlanta Mayor Comes Out For Marriage Equality

Sunnivie Brydum

Kasim Reed, the Democratic mayor of Atlanta, voiced his support for marriage equality on Tuesday, reports the

WATCH Dan Savage Wants Liberals To Recover Hijacked Christianity
December 13 2012 8:05 PM ET

WATCH: Dan Savage Wants Liberals To Recover 'Hijacked' Christianity

Sunnivie Brydum

In the latest episode of his web series, American Savage, Dan Savage tells liberal Christians that their silence has allowed the religious right to "hijack" the faith.

Poll Discovers How Marriage Won In Washington
December 13 2012 7:12 PM ET

Poll Discovers How Marriage Won In Washington

Sunnivie Brydum

Equality advocates in Washington were successful in reframing the discussion about same-sex marriage from one of "rights" to one of "commitment" and "values," according to a new poll from centrist think tank Third Way.

New York Republican Who Backed Marriage Equality Stands Down
December 13 2012 5:09 PM ET

New York Republican Who Backed Marriage Equality Stands Down

Julie Bolcer

Senator Stephen Saland conceded defeat in his reelection bid, leaving only one of the four Republicans who backed marriage equality in office.

Military Spouses Group To Consider Membership for Lesbian Wife
December 13 2012 4:51 PM ET

Military Spouses Group To Consider Lesbian Wife's Membership

Michelle Garcia

The leaders of the Fort Bragg Officers' Spouses Club have announced that they will review their rules, which prohibit same-sex spouses of officers, at their next board meeting next month.

December 13 2012 12:50 PM ET

Race to Succeed Christine Quinn Heats Up in NYC

Baldwin Appointed to Senate Committees Overseeing LGBT Priorities
December 13 2012 12:20 PM ET

Baldwin's Committee Assignments Handle LGBT Priorities

Julie Bolcer

The first openly gay U.S. Senator has been appointed to committees dealing with ENDA, anti-bullying measures, and equal benefits for same-sex partners of federal employees.

Uruguay House Approves Marriage Equality
December 12 2012 7:52 PM ET

Uruguay House Approves Marriage Equality

Sunnivie Brydum

After passing the lower house of Congress 81-18, the marriage equality now heads to the Senate, where it is expected to pass, and then to President José Mujica, who has expressed his support.

New Jersey Leaders Repeat Opposition to Marriage Referendum
December 12 2012 7:42 PM ET

New Jersey Leaders Repeat Opposition to Marriage Referendum

Julie Bolcer

The state Senate president and LGBT advocacy groups reaffirmed their opposition after an openly gay assemblyman introduced a measure to allow voters to decide the issue.

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