Adele M. Stan

Adele M. Stan is a columnist for The American Prospect. She is research director of People for the American Way, and a winner of the Hillman Prize for Opinion & Analysis Journalism. Opinions expressed here are her own.

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Former Baptist minister and Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee has been on the defensive since it was revealed last week that he had, while governor of Arkansas, called for the "isolation" of AIDS patients from the general population. This weekend, on Fox News Sunday , Huckabee defended those remarks, here via Mark Silva writing for The Swamp : Huckabee acknowledged the prevailing scientific view then, and since, that the virus that causes AIDS is not spread through casual contact, but said that was not certain. "I still believe this today," Huckabee said Sunday, that "we were acting more out of political correctness" in responding to the AIDS crisis. "I don't run from it, I don't recant it," he said of his position in 1992. Yet he said he would state his view differently in retrospect. In response, today the Human Rights Campaign and the AIDS Institute sent a letter to Huckabee asking him to meet with Jeanne White-Ginder , the mother of the late Ryan White , the...


Once considered something of a friend to the gay community, Rudy Giuliani has managed to raise the ire of LGBT voters who may have considered him their best bet among the Republican presidential contenders. In his ongoing effort to distance himself from his actual beliefs by means of contortionist reasoning, Rudy this Sunday made comments to Tim Russert on Meet the Press about gay "acts" that should serve to alienate both of the constituencies he was seeking to mollify: so-called "social conservatives" and Log Cabin Republicans. MR. RUSSERT: But you don’t believe homosexuality is aberrant... MR. GIULIANI: Oh, no, no, no. MR. RUSSERT: ...unnatural or sinful. MR. GIULIANI: My, my, my -- no, I don’t believe it’s sinful. My, my moral views on this come from the, you know, from the Catholic Church, and I believe that homosexuality, heterosexuality as a, as a way that somebody leads their life is not -- isn’t sinful. It’s the acts, it’s the various acts...

2008: The Year of the Single Woman Voter?

The Democrats' quest for unmarried women voters could yield a new election narrative that offers a better look at the state of the republic than we've seen in the recent past.

The narrative that emerges from the contest for the 2008 Democratic nomination will likely be a story about women . That's understandable given the major milestone that is the candidacy of Hillary Rodham Clinton. Still, I can't help but have some trepidation as I contemplate how that story will be told. As the Iowa caucuses and the early primaries fast approach, the narrative for the general election will soon begin to take shape. Since 1980, the electoral gender gap -- the fact that women tend to vote for Democratic presidential candidates -- has provided the context for a story that has carried great weight over the last three presidential election cycles. Suburban white women, all referred to condescendingly as "moms," were presumed by journalists to be the all-important swing voters who ultimately decide who wins the White House. This time around, the story of women voters who matter may be a bit different. Enter the "single anxious female." She's certainly a departure from the...


Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee emerged strong from this debate, coming across as reasonable, compassionate, humble and humorous. If G.O.P. leaders knew what they were doing, they'd throw in with this guy and get him some dough. (See my colleagues at TAPPED writing on this phenomenon earlier in the day.) Thankfully, their own elitism will likely prevent party leaders from giving the former preacher the nod. After all, Mike ain't no fortunate son. Rudy Giuliani might have gotten away with throwing abortion law back into the states and endorsing gun control had he not come out swinging at former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney over the hiring of undocumented workers as groundskeepers at the governor's mansion. Even though the base is likely to consider Romney suspect on this issue, as with abortion and his religion, Giuliani cast more doubt on his own character than Romney's when he played so rough right out of the gate, especially considering his own claim to fame is as mayor of a...


In a breathtaking moment for us queer folk, a question submitted by an openly gay retired brigadier general was aired by Anderson Cooper , who is rumored to be gay. The general not only challenged the "Don't ask, don't tell" military policy; he did so by turning the tables. Why, he wanted to know, did the candidates not trust the professionalism of American soldiers to work with gay men and lesbians? As it turns out, the good general was in the audience, and when Cooper gave the elderly gentleman -- who served more than 40 years in the military -- the microphone, Brig. Gen. Keith Kerr (ret.) was booed by an audience of Republicans. There's your patriotism for you. --Adele M. Stan