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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From Disgust to Mike Huckabee.

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee is under fire for comments he made to The New Yorker magazine about same-sex marriage: Male and female are biologically compatible to have a relationship. We can get into the “ick factor,” but the fact is two men in a relationship, two women in a relationship, biologically, that doesn’t work the same. Faced with criticism from gay-rights groups, Huckabee clarified. My use of the phrase “ick factor” was as the established notion from within the Gay, Lesbian, Bi-sexual, Transgender (GLBT) community. It was not an indication of personal aversion, but rather a reference to an established phrase used mostly from same-sex marriage advocates and militants -- not one I created. I don’t see how Huckabee could be doing anything other than referencing an aversion to gay sex. It is in fact common for conservatives -- in the absence of rational argument -- to focus on the intricate mechanics of gay sex in explaining and justifying their opposition to gay rights...

Tuesday Twitter Talk: Obama Appointments.

*/ @drgrist What ever happened to Nancy Sutley , head of Obama's CEQ? Anyone heard from her lately? @mattyglesias She's taking orders from Van Jones and the ghost of Mao Zedong. @proudlib RT @OxyConservative: Don't know any Libs who have ever heard of Alinsky, yet the Cons can quote it verbatim. #tcot @KatrinaNation @Proudlib I know many Libs who can --but you're right--terrible irony/ @proudlib @KatrinaNation Not surprised you are familiar with Alinsky but put me down as one who'd never heard of him pre-TPers too.

Gays Needn't Depend on the Kindness of Presidents.

The Washington Post has a story today about the incremental changes the Obama administration has made on gay rights, including: extending health-care and day-care benefits to gay couples; barring discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation in applying for federal housing; including information about same-sex couples in the census; and requiring hospitals to allow gays to visit their partners. The piece praises the administration's piecemeal approach. "While many of the items of concern to the [lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender] community require Congress to act, the president has also taken many steps that don't require a change in the law," said Shin Inouye, a White House spokesman. The problem is that none of these rule changes, or "reinterpretations," are permanent. Unless Congress actually passes legislation to ensure gay people have these rights, they could disappear as soon as we get a social conservative in the White House. Sure, all of this is a good stopgap, but it...

Hillary Lets the Cat out of the Bag.

After Hillary Clinton said on Ecuadorian television that the Justice Department "will bring a lawsuit" against Arizona over its new immigration-enforcement bill, a senior official in the Obama administration confirmed her remarks and said the department was finishing building its case. Earlier today the Justice Department said it was "continuing to review the law." Quick change of heart, huh? This whole thing played out in typical Washington fashion: political leaders cautiously expressed "concern" and promised to "examine their options" for action, there was a leak, a denial , and finally, an admission (cue outrage from Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer ). Really, it was only a matter of time before the Justice Department announced it would be suing Arizona. The Obama administration has been able to bide its time because the law doesn't take effect until August, but Clinton's admission put a stop to all the political hedging. If the law indeed went into effect a few months from now, it would...

Tuesday Twitter Talk: The Karate Kid.

Our weekly feature showing you how incisive and funny we can be in 140 characters. This week, Adam Serwer and the National Review Online 's Dan Foster have a back-and-forth about the upcoming movie, The Karate Kid . @AdamSerwer So, anyone else bothered by the new "Karate Kid" movie taking place in China and utilizing Kung Fu? #nerdcomplaints @DanFosterNRO Sooooooo bothered. If they at least make a joke about it in the movie I can deal. Will Smith nepotism also bugs me. @DanFosterNRO Mama Foster used to use rolled up paper towel and blue magic marker to make me Daniel-san's rising sun headbands. @AdamSerwer yeah but I mean if you're the most bankable hollywood star on earth, how do you not try to turn that into a franchise? @DanFosterNRO I still get pins and needles during the whole "Show me, SAND THE FLOOR!" scene @AdamSerwer Yeah I have the trilogy on videocassette @AdamSerwer That movie made an entire generation of kids pine for a cryptic aging mentor @DanFosterNRO Setting me up for...