Gabriel Arana

Gabriel Arana is a senior editor at The American Prospect. His articles on gay rights, immigration, and media have appeared in publications including The New Republic, The Nation, Salon, The Advocate, and The Daily Beast.

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Police Raze Occupy DC Shelter

Will resistance give the protest movement in the nation's capital the shot in the arm it needs?

After an extended showdown that began around noon Sunday, police in Washington, D.C., succeeded in destroying a wooden structure Occupy DC protesters had erected in McPherson Square to provide shelter throughout the winter.

Prop. 8: Bottom of the Ninth

A decision by the California Supreme Court puts the federal case against the state's same-sex-marriage ban on the fast track to the Supreme Court.

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We Don't Need No Stinkin' Breitbart

(Photo via Wikimedia Commons) Andrew Breitbart is well known for his role in scandals such as the resignation of Shirley Sherrod and the ACORN video controversy.

As someone who underwent ex-gay therapy for three years -- and not because I was "going undercover" as gay to fancy myself an investigative reporter -- I couldn't care less if a clinic owned by Representative Michele Bachmann of Minnesota and her husband, Marcus, practices ex-gay therapy.

Gay It Forward

The marriage game plan after New York

(AP Photo/Gail Burton) A couple protest outside the circuit courthouse during a hearing in a 2005 lawsuit challenging Maryland's ban on gay marriage.

In a single day last week, the number of Americans living in a state that allows gay marriage doubled. But, beside the New York vote's tangible effect on 20 million state residents, the win is also a potent symbolic victory that has reinvigorated the movement nearly two years after its last wins in New Hampshire and Washington, D.C. It's a watershed.

"New York is one of the iconic American states, so it has national and international implications," says Mark Solomon, campaign director for New York-based Freedom to Marry, the largest national organization dedicated to fighting for marriage equality. "We've heard from all over the world on how this is pushing things forward."

A More Civil Union

Gay marriage passes in New York (finally).

(AP Photo/Louis Lanzano) Revelers celebrate in front of the Stonewall Inn in Manhattan's West Village following the passage of a same-sex marriage bill in New York.

Same-sex marriage is legal in New York now, and it's about damn time.

For five days, the Republican-controlled Senate debated and amended the same-sex-marriage bill to include stronger exemptions for religious groups; the negotiations kept legislators in Albany past the summer-recess deadline and into the night yesterday. At around 10:30, all but one member of the Democratic caucus, state Sen. Ruben Diaz, and four Republicans joined the majority to pass the bill by 33-to-29. Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the law shortly before midnight, setting off jubilant celebrations in Manhattan's gay neighborhoods.