Politics
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.
Ruling on Virginia's Marriage Ban Expected 'Soon'
February 04 2014 5:51 PM ET

PHOTOS: Protests Flank Virginia's First Marriage Hearing 

Sunnivie Brydum

Flanked by pro- and anti-equality protestors, the first of two cases hoping to strike down Virginia's ban on marriage equality was heard at the federal courthouse today in Norfolk, Va.

Queen Elizabeth II to Visit Pope Francis in April
February 04 2014 5:18 PM ET

Queen Elizabeth II to Meet Pope Francis in April

Michael O'Loughlin

The Queen of England will meet Pope Francis at the Vatican in April during a one-day visit to Italy.

Viral Same-Sex Marriage Proposal Inspires Apology From Former Bully
February 04 2014 4:59 PM ET

Viral Proposal Inspires Apology From Former Bully

Jase Peeples

A former bully-turned-LGBT-supporter reached out via Facebook to congratulate a West Hollywood gay couple after their proposal video went viral.

Utah Lawmakers Joke About Trans People, Apologize
February 04 2014 4:32 PM ET

Utah Lawmakers Joke About Trans People, Apologize

Parker Marie Molloy

Two Utah lawmakers traded questionably transphobic tweets as the state finds itself buried in LGBT-related news.

Scotland Establishes Marriage Equality
February 04 2014 3:15 PM ET

Scotland Establishes Marriage Equality

Kevin OKeeffe

The Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill passed through Parliament by a 105-18 vote.

Attorney General: LGBT Equality Among 'Defining Civil Rights Challenges of Our Time'
February 04 2014 2:57 PM ET

Attorney General Calls For LGBT Equality

Daniel Reynolds

In a speech delivered to the Parliament of Sweden, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said LGBT rights are among "the defining civil rights challenges of our time."

February 04 2014 12:40 PM ET

Rufus Gifford: Gay U.S. Ambassador to Denmark Photographed With Partner

Gifford opened up about his personal experiences as a gay man in an environment where the only way to happiness was to get a wife, kids, and a dog.

February 04 2014 12:38 PM ET

Rufus Gifford: Gay U.S. Ambassador to Denmark Photographed With Partner & Dog

Gifford opened up about his personal experiences as a gay man in an environment where the only way to happiness was to get a wife, kids, and a dog.

A Timeline — Because It's So Bad in Russia It's Hard to Remember Everything
February 04 2014 7:00 AM ET

A Timeline of Just How Bad It's Gotten in Russia 

Daniel Reynolds

From Pussy Riot to Putin, The Advocate outlines the key events that surrounded the passing of Russia's 'gay propaganda' laws and the aftermath leading to the Olympics.

Op-ed: My Father, A State Legislator, Voted Against Me
February 04 2014 6:00 AM ET

Op-ed: My Father, A State Legislator, Voted Against Me

Chris Smith

The gay son of a Republican lawmaker in Indiana speaks out about his father's recent vote to advance a bill that would bar same-sex couples from marriage or legal recognition.

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