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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.
Proponents Warn That Ballot Wording Oversimplifies Marriage Equality
June 21 2012 5:46 PM ET

Ballot Wording Oversimplifies Marriage Equality, Proponents Warn

Lucas Grindley

The exact wording of the question proposed to Maine voters come November is pretty straightforward — "Do you want to allow same-sex couples to marry?" — but that's the problem, according to marriag

Dan Savage Versus GOProud in War of the F-Word
June 21 2012 3:35 PM ET

Dan Savage Versus GOProud in War of the F Word

Lucas Grindley

Dan Savage is getting attention again for using the word "faggot," this time to attack a group of LGBT conservatives.

Still Unclear in Illinois on Who Is Going to Stop Gay Couples from Marrying
June 21 2012 2:03 PM ET

Still Unclear in Illinois on Who Will Stop Gay Couples from Marrying

Lucas Grindley

Still Unclear in Illinois on Who Will Stop Gay Couples from Marrying

Tammy Baldwin Debuts Senate Campaign Ad
June 21 2012 12:29 PM ET

Tammy Baldwin Debuts Senate Campaign Ad

Julie Bolcer

The representative from Wisconsin talks about economic fairness in the first ad for her U.S. Senate bid.

Republicans Not Too Keen on Reinstating DADT
June 21 2012 11:43 AM ET

Republicans Don't Appear Likely to Reinstate DADT

Lucas Grindley

Republicans Don't Appear Likely to Reinstate DADT

House Republicans Will Ask Supreme Court to Hear DOMA Case
June 21 2012 11:24 AM ET

House GOP Will Ask Supreme Court to Take DOMA Case

Julie Bolcer

The Supreme Court could rule on DOMA within the year if House Republicans defending the law ask justices to consider their appeal, as BLAG has indicated in a new filing.

Gay Conservative Leader Defends Romney Endorsement
June 21 2012 9:41 AM ET

Gay Conservative Leader Defends Romney Endorsement

Julie Bolcer

GOProud cofounder Jimmy LaSalvia defended the group’s endorsement of Mitt Romney, saying the presumptive Republican presidential nominee has “a long record of dealing with gay people."

Big Wins for LGBT Workers in New Bloomingdale’s Contract
June 21 2012 5:00 AM ET

Can Bloomingdale’s Change Gay Life in Retail?

Julie Bolcer

A new union contract includes strong anti-discrimination language and benefits like paternity leave. But the vast majority of LGBT retail workers still lack basic protections.

Rulings Give Binational Couples Reason for Optimism
June 20 2012 10:29 PM ET

Rulings Give Binational Couples Reason for Optimism

Trudy Ring

Groundbreaking rulings by the Board of Immigration Appeals give couples a chance to stay together, perhaps long enough for DOMA to be struck down.

Marco Rubio Not Open to Marriage Equality
June 20 2012 9:48 PM ET

Marco Rubio: Not 'Open' on Same-Sex Marriage

Trudy Ring

The Florida senator states his opposition to marriage equality in an evangelical magazine and says a USA Today blogger has misinterpreted him.

Southern Baptists Say Same-Sex Marriage Is Not a Civil Right
June 20 2012 9:18 PM ET

Southern Baptists: Same-Sex Marriage Not a Civil Right

Trudy Ring

Supporters of same-sex marriage have 'misappropriated the rhetoric of the Civil Rights Movement,' the denomination says.

Bloomberg and Quinn Team Up to Fight DOMA
June 20 2012 7:23 PM ET

Bloomberg and Quinn Team Up to Fight DOMA

Julie Bolcer

New York City's top two elected officials announced their plan to file a joint brief in support of a DOMA challenge pending in federal court.

Candidacy of Antigay Kansas Legislator Challenged on Residency Grounds
June 20 2012 3:25 PM ET

She Lives in a Church? Group Wants Antigay Legislator Off Ballot

Trudy Ring

A new state legislative map put Jan Pauls's home in a different district, so she's claiming to live in a church — falsely, say opponents.

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