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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.
Utah Gubernatorial Hopeful Opposes National Democrats on Marriage
August 14 2012 11:15 AM ET

Utah Gubernatorial Hopeful Splits With Dems on Marriage

Julie Bolcer

Peter Cooke, the Democratic nominee for governor in Utah, distanced himself from the national party’s support for marriage equality.

Lesbian Super PAC Breaks Out Checkbook for Tammy Baldwin
August 14 2012 8:39 AM ET

Lesbian Super PAC Breaks Out Checkbook for Tammy Baldwin

Julie Bolcer

The U.S. Senate hopeful is the first candidate to receive a nod from LPAC, the super PAC founded to help lesbians play a bigger role in politics.

Baldwin and Frank Comment on Paul Ryan
August 13 2012 6:47 PM ET

Gay Dems Criticize Paul Ryan as Policy Wonk, Not as Person

Julie Bolcer

Gay Democrats offered nice words about their colleague as a person, but they blasted the policies championed by Mitt Romney’s vice presidential pick.

Outdoor Retailer REI Supports Marriage Equality
August 13 2012 6:35 PM ET

REI Supports Marriage Equality

Lauren Jow

Outdoor retailer REI has thrown its support behind marriage equality, according to a press release from Washington United for Marriage, a coalition working to defend the state’s same-sex marriage l

FAA Eliminates Unnecessary Testing for Trans Pilots
August 13 2012 2:44 PM ET

FAA Ends Unnecessary Tests for Trans Pilots

Camille Beredjick

The Federal Aviation Administration has done away with medical certification procedures that singled out trans pilots.

Freedom to Marry Pours $3 Million into State Marriage Battles
August 13 2012 12:41 PM ET

Freedom to Marry Pours $3 Million into State Marriage Battles

Julie Bolcer

The group has raised $3 million ahead of schedule to help secure costly TV buys in Maine, Minnesota, and Washington, with help from major Republican donors including Paul Singer.

Rachel Maddow Expects Margaritas to Celebrate Paul Ryan Pick
August 13 2012 12:29 PM ET

Rachel Maddow Expects Margaritas to Celebrate Ryan Pick

Lucas Grindley

Rachel Maddow says Democrats are making margaritas to celebrate Mitt Romney's selection of Paul Ryan as his running mate.

Oregon Bar Bans Transgender Women
August 13 2012 10:50 AM ET

Oregon Bar Bans Transgender Women

Lauren Jow

For two years, Cassandra Lynn and her friends have held ladies' night out at their favorite haunt. On Friday nights, the women meet up for drinks at P-Club Bar and Grill in north Portland, Ore.

Iowa Conservatives Launch Next Campaign to Oust Judge
August 12 2012 10:26 AM ET

Iowa Conservatives Launch Next Campaign to Oust Judge

Julie Bolcer

Rick Santorum and Brian Brown were on hand for the announcement from Bob Vander Plaats.

Gay Republican Congressional Hopeful Breaks From Ryan
August 11 2012 4:51 PM ET

Gay Republican Congressional Hopeful Breaks From Ryan

Julie Bolcer

Richard Tisei said, “I don't agree with him -- or anyone else -- on every single issue.”

Democratic Platform Committee Unanimously Approves Marriage Language
August 11 2012 2:19 PM ET August 13 2012 1:46 PM ET

It's Unanimous: Platform Committee Includes Marriage

Julie Bolcer

The Platform Committee unanimously approved language supporting marriage equality and other items, with the addition of an amendment about equal treatment of LGBT Americans in immigration and naturalization.

Ryan: Rights Come from Nature and God, Not Government
August 11 2012 10:27 AM ET

Ryan: Rights Come from Nature and God, Not Government

Julie Bolcer

Paul Ryan’s statement about the source of rights might surprise LGBT voters who have been following the progress of legislation and litigation.

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