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.
Christine Quinn Explains Abortion Rights
May 03 2012 11:30 AM ET

New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn made her support for a woman's right to choose very clear.

New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, a leading Democratic contender for mayor, said, “I don’t want anybody involved in my uterus, my vagina, my liver, my kidney, my lung,” at a press conf

Wife of Amendment One Architect Makes it A Racial Issue
May 02 2012 7:48 PM ET

Amendment One: For Caucasian Race?

Michelle Garcia

The wife of a North Carolina state senator said the proposed amendment to ban marriage equality across the state is necessary to "preserve the caucasian race." 

Tracking How Voters Ended Marriage Equality in the South
May 02 2012 6:12 PM ET

How the South Voted Away Marriage Equality

Neal Broverman

North Carolina voters will take to the polls Tuesday to decide the fate of Amendment One, which would constitutionally ban any legal relationship recognition other than heterosexual marriage. The Tar Heel State will be the last state in Dixie to decide on banning marriage equality in its constitution — all other states in the conservative area overwhelmingly passed prohibitions in the last decade. To get a handle on how things may go down May 8 and see what kind of odds LGBT activists are up against in North Carolina, we've compiled the margins by which each Southern state banned same-sex marriage; view them on the following pages.  

NC Preacher Who Advocates Beating Gay Kids I Was Joking Sort Of
May 02 2012 2:42 PM ET

Preacher Was Kidding? He Told Church to Beat Gay Kids

Neal Broverman

Virulently antigay North Carolina preacher Sean Harris took a half-step away from comments he made on Sunday where he told his congregation to attack young boys who act effeminate.

Missouri Lawmaker Zach Wyatt Comes Out as Gay And Opposes Don't Say Gay Bill
May 02 2012 1:45 PM ET

Republican Comes Out, Slams 'Don't Say Gay'

Lucas Grindley

Rep. Zach Wyatt said he had been lying to himself for a long time, but no longer could he.

New Poll Shows Little Movement in Voter Divide Over Amendment One
May 02 2012 8:54 AM ET

Bad Sign? Poll Shows Stagnation in N.C.

Andrew Harmon

55% of survey respondents favor the ballot measure that would constitutionally ban marriage and other forms of relationship recognition for gay couples. 41% of respondents oppose the measure.

More Arrests in Russia as Ban on All Sexual Content Proposed
May 02 2012 2:14 AM ET

Ban on All Sexual 'Propaganda' Proposed in Russia

Brett Edward Stout

In the latest round of arrests Monday, 17 Russian citizens in the country’s second largest city were stopped from displaying rainbow flags, rainbow suspenders, and other rainbow insignias. The arrests were made in St. Petersburg under the city’s new law, which bans any display of so-called gay “propaganda,” public discussion of homosexuality, transgender people or bisexuality. Any display of homosexual conduct that could potentially be seen by minors is also banned.

Individual Donors Fueling Fight Against Amendment One
May 01 2012 8:34 PM ET

Who Is Paying the Bills in Amendment One Fight?

Julie Bolcer

Individual donors foot the bill on the opposing side, while NOM and the Roman Catholic Church line up on the other.

Ohio Attorney General Calls for Dismissal of Marriage Amendment Suit
May 01 2012 8:16 PM ET

Republican AG: Let Pro-Marriage Vote Go Forward

Trudy Ring

Mike DeWine urges dismissal of suit seeking to block a pro–marriage equality ballot measure.  

North Carolina Pastor Advocates Punching Gay Acting Children
May 01 2012 7:33 PM ET

Preacher: Beat Up Your Gay-Acting Kids

Neal Broverman

The words of a homophobic North Carolina preacher are reverberating around the Internet today, following a sermon in which he advocated physically assaulting toddlers with "limp wrists."

Gay Spokesman Resigns From Romney Campaign
May 01 2012 4:22 PM ET

Romney's Gay Spokesman Quits

Trudy Ring

Richard Grenell resigned today after a backlash from social conservatives about his selection.

Franklin Graham Supports Anti-Gay Marriage Amendment
May 01 2012 3:20 PM ET

Franklin Graham: Amendment One Is God's Way

Trudy Ring

The evangelist asks North Carolina voters to support “God’s definition of marriage.”