Gabriel Arana is a senior editor at The American Prospect. His articles on gay rights, immigration, and media have appeared in publications including The Nation, Salon, The Advocate, and The Daily Beast. To contact him, visit his website.
Today, Judge Vaughn Walkerdenied a motion by various gay-rights organizations -- including Lambda Legal and the ACLU -- to intervene in the federal challenge to Prop. 8. He did, however, allow the city of San Francisco to join, saying its interests were not already represented by other parties. This decision leaves former Bush v. Gore foes David Boies and Ted Olson at the helm of the broadest legal case for gay rights to date.
Equality California, the gay-rights organization that spearheaded the failed No on 8 campaign, announced today it would shoot for 2012 instead of 2010 to try to repeal California's new constitutional amendment banning gay marriage. They reason -- correctly, in my estimation -- that waiting will give gay-rights supporters more time to win people over and allow more youth, who overwhelmingly support gay rights, time to enter the voting pool. It also makes getting donations easier, if the effort is seen as more likely to be successful.
The New York Timesreports that the Obama administration will announce an overhaul to immigration detention centers across the country. Details are sketchy, but the plan will include a review of over 350 detention centers currently run by private companies and municipalities. It will also shutter Texas' T. Don Hutto Residential Center, which has been the subject of an ACLU civil rights suit. The Huffington Postadds that 23 federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials will be stationed at detention facilities across the country to monitor how illegal immigrants are housed and treated.
Today's New York Times’ "Room for Debate" forum asks Are Women Better Bosses than Men? Perhaps not unexpectedly, the responses are littered with stereotypes. According to Joanna Barsh, a McKinsey executive, "Women bring emotion to the workplace" and "are natural relationship-builders," while "men are risk-takers.”
Susan Pinker, a pop psychologist who writes for Canada's Globe, chimes in with selected physiological evidence:
Universities trying to boost their rankings often use merit-based scholarships -- awarded to students with high SAT scores, grades, etc. -- to entice students to enroll. The argument for this practice is that it improves the school's profile, the quality of its students, and need not take away from need-based financial aid. Supporters say need-based and merit-based aid can co-exist.
But according to Inside Higher Ed, a new report shows that schools that begin offering merit-based aid see declines in the enrollment of blacks and recipients of Pell Grants, need-based grants provided by the government.