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.
11 Firsts After The Repeal of DADT
September 18 2012 5:00 AM ET

11 Firsts After Repealing 'Don't Ask Don't Tell'

Michelle Garcia

A look at the year in milestones after the crumbling of "don't ask, don't tell."

Attorney Behind Prop 8 Lawsuit to Help Ryan Prep for Debate
September 17 2012 5:45 PM ET

Atty. Behind Prop. 8 Lawsuit to Help Ryan Prep for Debate

Neal Broverman

Ted Olson, one of the powerhouse attorneys behind the legal challenge to California's antigay Prop.

Four Washington Newspapers Endorse Marriage Equality
September 17 2012 4:36 PM ET

Four Washington Newspapers Endorse Marriage Equality

Sunnivie Brydum

Four mainstream newspapers in Washington State came out in support of Referendum 74, the bipartisan effort to maintain marriage equality in the northwestern state.

Poll Shows Tammy Baldwin Inching Closer to Senate Victory
September 17 2012 2:16 PM ET

Poll: Tammy Baldwin Inching Closer to Senate Victory

Neal Broverman

Tammy Baldwin now has a three point lead over her GOP challenger in the battle to win one of Wisconsin's Senate seats, according to a poll sponsored by a Democratic political action committee.

Op-ed: Moby-Dick, the Great Green Whale, and the Biblical Definition of Marriage
September 17 2012 11:10 AM ET

Op-ed: Defining Marriage and Moby-Dick

Dave Stalling

Many hide behind the Bible to rationalize their opposition to marriage equality, but could they make a valid academic argument against equality?

Book Excerpt Describes the Secret Drama Behind Repealing DADT
September 17 2012 5:00 AM ET

The Secret Drama Behind Repealing 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'

Alexander Nicholson

Alexander Nicholson shares the back-and-forth that went on behind the scenes between gay activists, Congress members, the Pentagon, and the president in the months leading up to the repeal of "don't ask, don't tell."

Oklahoma Judge Cites Bible in Denying Transgender Name Changes
September 16 2012 3:47 PM ET

Transgender Name Changes Not OK With Bible-Quoting Oklahoma Judge

Trudy Ring

It's not OK with Judge Bill Graves, who claims medical procedures cannot change the gender God meant a person to be.

WATCH Santorum Says Smart People Will Never Support Social Conservatives
September 15 2012 7:03 PM ET

WATCH: Santorum on Why Smart People Will Never Support Him

Trudy Ring

The antigay former senator and presidential hopeful makes a surprising admission.

WATCH Montana Senate Candidate Has Record of Antigay Stances and Bad Jokes
September 15 2012 2:12 PM ET

WATCH: Montana Senate Candidate's Record of Antigay Stances and Bad Jokes

Trudy Ring

A profile of Denny Rehberg highlights an attempt at humor by giving a colleague a gift package with a stuffed sheep, a book on cross-dressing, and a Village People CD.

Paul Ryan at Values Voter Summit Is Heckled and Slammed
September 14 2012 6:52 PM ET

Paul Ryan at Values Voter Summit: Heckled, Slammed

Neal Broverman

Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank wrote that it was a "mistake" for Ryan to have attended a summit hosted by the antigay Family Research Council.

New Campaign Calls to Retain Iowa Justice Who Voted for Marriage Equality
September 14 2012 5:35 PM ET

New Campaign Calls to Retain Pro-Marriage Equality Iowa Justice

Trudy Ring

Justice Not Politics Action is pushing for voters to retain Justice David Wiggins, who has been targeted by a right-wing group over his support for marriage equality.