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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.
Arizona Sheriff Wants to Bridge Chasm Between Gays and Republicans
May 14 2012 3:22 PM ET

Arizona Sheriff Wants to Bridge Chasm Between Gays and Republicans

Diane Anderson-Minshall

Pinal County, Ariz., sheriff Paul Babeu was outed earlier this year, after some allegations from a former boyfriend insinuating that Babeu, a conservative Republican, had made unethical decisions in his personal and professional life. While the investigation continues (Babeu says that he welcomes it because it will exonerate him), the sheriff has called off his campaign for Congress. 

Republican Congressman Says OK to Fire Gays
May 14 2012 2:49 PM ET

Republican Congressman Says OK to Fire Gays

Diane Anderson-Minshall

James Lankford, a Republican representative from Oklahoma, believes a person should be able to be fired for his or her sexual orientation, according to Think Progress.

Rand Paul Condemned for Laughing at Obama's Religion
May 14 2012 2:20 PM ET

Sen. Rand Paul Condemned for Laughing at Obama's Religion

Lucas Grindley

Sen. Rand Paul's joke last week that he didn't think President Obama's views "could get any gayer" didn't have Republicans laughing during the Sunday shows. Party chairman Reince Priebus told NBC's David Gregory on Meet the Press that he didn't want to see others following Paul's example. Then he went on to say the party as a whole supports amending the U.S. Constitution to ban same-sex marriage.

Chris Hughes Goes Big in Donation to Marriage Fight in Maine
May 14 2012 1:41 PM ET

Chris Hughes Goes Big in Donation to Marriage Fight in Maine

Lucas Grindley

Facebook cofounder Chris Hughes, who was criticized for not donating to fight Amendment One in North Carolina, has pledged $100,000 in Maine. Hughes and his fiancé, Sean Eldridge, who is a senior adviser for Freedom to Marry, are offering it as a matching gift, which means other, small donors will have to step up during the next four weeks if the full amount is to be paid.

Gallup Poll Find New Normal in American on Gay Issues
May 14 2012 1:16 PM ET

Gallup: There's a 'New Normal' for Americans on Gay Issues

Lucas Grindley

Gallup is calling acceptance of same-sex couples "the new normal" for Americans, based on its latest polling.

Watch President Obama Deliver Commencement Speech Today
May 14 2012 11:23 AM ET

Obama Tells Graduates to Embrace “Defiant, Can-Do Spirit”

Lucas Grindley

“That’s how we achieved women’s rights,” said Obama. “That’s how we achieved voting rights. That how we achieved workers’ rights. That’s how we achieved gay rights. That’s how we made this union more perfect.”

Colorado Lawmakers to Consider Civil Unions Bill Again
May 14 2012 11:07 AM ET

Colorado Lawmakers to Consider Civil Unions Bill — Again

Editors

Colorado lawmakers are back in session at the behest of Gov. John Hickenlooper on a range of bills, including civil unions legislation that failed to reach debate last week. Why the measure failed to get a vote depends on whom you ask. Advocates and Democrats say that state House Republicans blocked the bill using procedural stall tactics, while GOP leaders said the bill came up too late in the legislative session to be considered.

Andrew Sullivan on The First Gay President
May 14 2012 10:03 AM ET

Andrew Sullivan Hails Obama as 'The First Gay President'

Julie Bolcer

Andrew Sullivan argues that Barack Obama’s biracial identity allows him to understand the “core gay experience” of “displacement” more than any other American president.

Bloomberg Blasts Amendment One in Commencement Address
May 14 2012 8:13 AM ET

Mayor Bloomberg: North Carolina Amendment a Step Backward

Julie Bolcer

"Last week’s referendum banning same-sex marriage shows just how much more work needs to be done to ensure freedom and equality for all people,” Bloomberg said during a Sunday commencement address at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Will Marriage Equality Affect 2016 Presidential Race
May 13 2012 2:06 PM ET

Will Marriage Equality Affect 2016 Presidential Race?

Diane Anderson-Minshall

Will Marriage Equality Affect 2016 Presidential Race?

Cuban Presidents Daughter Marches for Marriage Equality
May 13 2012 12:09 PM ET

Cuban President's Daughter Marches for Marriage Equality

Diane Anderson-Minshall

Cuban President's Daughter Marches for Marriage Equality

Transgender Student Sues University of Arkansas
May 13 2012 11:19 AM ET

Transgender Student Sues University of Arkansas

Diane Anderson-Minshall

By all accounts, Jennifer Braly is a good student. The University of Arkansas at Fort Smith psychology major carries a 3.58 GPA, according to the Arkansas Times, and has been a popular guest lecturer in psychology and sociology classes.

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