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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Recent Articles

The Little Picture: Google's Shake-Up.

(Flickr/ Jolie Odell ) Google CEO Eric Schmidt , who resigned today and will be replaced by Larry Page , one of the company's co-founders.

Redefining Marriage

Nothing said in the public debate over marriage seems to touch on what it actually means.

(Vita Generalova)
P olitics isn't always personal, but sometimes it is. For years, I've watched the gay-marriage saga unfold, reporting on the Proposition 8 vote in California and the lawsuits that followed; the failed gay-marriage push in New York; and the successful enactment of marriage rights in New Hampshire, Vermont, Iowa, and Washington, D.C. Legislators in Maryland are expected to make the state the sixth to enact marriage equality sometime this year, and state Sen. Tom Duane plans to give it another go in New York in the next month or so. And on Feb. 5, I'm getting married here in the District. This has made me look at the gay-marriage debate in a slightly different way. Sure, whenever National Organization for Marriage president Brian Brown talked about "protecting marriage" in the abstract, I knew he was protecting it from me . When the Maryland Catholic Conference said it would fight tooth and nail to "uphold the traditional definition of marriage," I knew conference members meant I was the...

The Little Picture: Power Gang.

(Courtesy of Jamelle Bouie ) John Larson , Nancy Pelosi , Jim Clyburn , and Rosa Delauro with reporters at an event today on the health-care repeal law.

The Little Picture: Michael Reagan.

(Flickr/ tswartz ) Michael Reagan , Ronald Reagan 's son. For Martin Luther King Jr . Day, Reagan wrote an op-ed at Fox News claiming his father was "more of a friend of blacks than Obama ."

Supreme Court Rejects D.C. Gay-Marriage Appeal.

According to the Associated Press, the Supreme Court has rejected an appeal to D.C.'s gay-marriage law brought by Maryland Bishop Harry Jackson . Jackson had sued the district's Board of Elections and Ethics for blocking a public referendum on the issue, which the board -- and the D.C. courts -- said violated the city's Human Rights Act. After the justices agreed to consider the case last week, there was a speculation about what a possible Supreme Court ruling on the gay-marriage referendum would mean. Here at TAP , Adam Serwer made the point that even if the right-leaning Supreme Court allowed a marriage referendum to go forward, the heavily Democratic District might be the first place where marriage rights are put to a popular vote and win. Thankfully, the Court declined to hear the case -- quite a telling move given that it only takes four justices to grant cert . While it is difficult to speculate on the Court's reasoning, given that it did not comment, I think it would be a...