Top three local, national, and international stories from the net this week.
Ireland Citizens Approve Same-Sex Marriage
Ireland, the small island European nation, voted overwhelmingly to allow same-sex marriage. In a referendum vote last week, Irish citizens voted “Yes” to marriage equality by a 62 percent winning margin. According to the British Broadcasting Company, as of Saturday afternoon, the Yes campaign had collected 1,201,607 votes to 734,300 for the No campaign. The passed referendum allows the Republic of Ireland to amend its constitution and give same-sex couples the same status as marriage between a man and a woman. Civil partnerships for same-sex couples have been legal in Ireland since 2010. “That ‘Yes’ is heard loudly across the world as a sound of pioneering leadership for our people,” Ireland Prime Minister Enda Kenny told Reuters News Agency.
Lambda Legal Presses Texas Governor To Comply With PREA Standards
The Department of Justice, reportedly, is awaiting a form from the Texas government stating it will use five percent of federal funding to meet the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) standards. “We are profoundly disappointed that Governor Abbott has neglected to make a meaningful commitment to meet the PREA standards set by the DOJ,” stated Lambda Legal Staff Attorney Jael Humphrey, in a news release. Lambda Legal, a national organization committed to achieving full recognition of civil rights for LGBT people and those with HIV, is representing Passion Star, who claims to have suffered rape and sexual abuse while in the custody of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.
Hookup Website Ads Return To South Florida
After several adjustments, the advertising campaign for Squirt.org is back in the Miami/Fort Lauderdale market. Last November, Squirt.org’s bus advertisements -- “Non-Stop Hookups” -- received numerous complaints and were removed by the City of Miami. However, Pink Triangle Press, operator of Squirt.org, successfully re-instated the ad campaign May 4 with a billboard on I-95 North of Miami. The website, which also claims a mobile GPS enabled phone app, promises “Hot ‘n horny hookups” with local gay and bisexual men. “We worked very hard to get our ads reinstated,” said Attila Szatmari, Digital Business Director for Pink Triangle Press.