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.
Later last night (for us on the East Coast), a federal judge in California ruled “don’t ask, don’t tell” unconstitutional, though the court is waiting for proposals on a remedy.
The gay-rights movement has had a remarkable string of court wins lately. Earlier this year, federal courts also struck down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) -- the 1996 law prohibiting the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages performed in the states -- as well as California’s own gay-marriage ban. The caveat with all these cases, however, is that they were won in trial-level courts; they await further review from the Circuit and Supreme Courts.
American hikers Shane Bauer, left, Sarah Shourd, center, and Josh Fattal, sit at the Esteghlal Hotel in Tehran, Iran. Iran announced today that one of the three Americans jailed for more than a year will be released Saturday to mark the end of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.