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.
BREAKING: Judge Rules DOMA Unconstitutional in Pedersen Case
July 31 2012 1:03 PM ET July 31 2012 4:33 PM ET

DOMA Ruled Unconstitutional In Yet Another Case

Julie Bolcer

In a blockbuster 104-page opinion, a Connecticut federal judge appointed by George W. Bush dealt another blow to the Defense of Marriage Act being defended by House Republicans.

Prop 8 Supporters Petition For Supreme Court Hearing
July 31 2012 12:53 PM ET

Prop 8 Getting Closer to Supreme Court?

Michelle Garcia

The antigay leaders behind Proposition 8 want the U.S. Supreme Court to review the legal challenge to the state-wide constitutional ban on marriage equality.

Gay Congressional Candidate Unveils Ad in Final Michigan Push
July 31 2012 10:06 AM ET

Gay Congressional Candidate Unveils Ad in Final Michigan Push

Julie Bolcer

Trevor Thomas, a candidate in the Democratic primary for a West Michigan Congressional seat, released his first TV ad Tuesday highlighting his background as the son of auto workers.

Largest Cyber Attack in New Zealand History Brings Down Antigay Website
July 30 2012 4:45 PM ET

Hackers Bring Down Antigay New Zealand Website

Neal Broverman

As the battle for marriage equality in New Zealand heats up, anonymous hackers brought down a new website devoted to denying equality.

Former Vice President Dick Cheney Claims He Supported Gay Marriage in 2000
July 30 2012 1:18 PM ET

Cheney Says He Supported Marriage Equality in 2000

Neal Broverman

Speaking to ABC News, former vice president Dick Cheney says he supported same-sex marriage back in 2000 but didn't raise the issue because it would have sunk George W. Bush's campaign.

Barney Frank: Marriage Equality Will Be in Democratic Party Platform
July 30 2012 11:12 AM ET July 30 2012 2:23 PM ET

Barney Frank: Marriage Equality Will Be in Democratic Party Platform

Julie Bolcer

β€œYes, it will be in the platform,” the out gay congressman from Massachusetts told The Advocate.

NYC Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer Marries Longtime Partner
July 29 2012 2:48 PM ET

NYC Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer Gets Hitched

Neal Broverman

Queens politician weds partner of 13 years on Saturday.

Pope Benedict XVI Names Prop 8 Mastermind as New Archbishop of San Francisco
July 28 2012 6:28 PM ET

S.F.'s New Archbishop Really Hates Gay Marriage

Neal Broverman

Pope Benedict XVI lays down the gauntlet with his pick for San Francisco's archbishop.

Latina Transgender Organization Gets Death Threats
July 27 2012 1:58 PM ET

Latina Transgender Organization Gets Death Threats

Diane Anderson-Minshall

Casa Ruby, the only Latina transgender organization in Washington, D.C., whose mission is to serve as a haven for trans folks seeking to escape violence, has been on the receiving end of death thre