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A website calling itself a "social mirror" has found 2.5 million uses of the word "faggot" on Twitter since it started counting in early July.

Gay slurs are prevalent, as evidenced by a daily counter on the home page of NoHomophones.com. Since July 5, the site found nearly 900,000 tweets with the phrase "So Gay" and another 800,000 instances of "No Homo." The slur "dyke" wasn't far behind with about 350,000.

The website comes from the University of Alberta’s Institute for Sexual Minority Studies and Services.

September 27 2012 12:11 PM

Governor Andrew Cuomo even offered to back Sen. Roy McDonald if he chose to continue as a third-party candidate, and a poll released by marriage equality advocates indicated the effort could be successful.

September 27 2012 7:39 AM Updated

Author Carlos A. Ball chronicles the stories of LGBT parents who have fundamentally changed how American law defines and regulates parenthood in this excerpt from The Right to Be Parents: LGBT Families and the Transformation of Parenthood.

September 27 2012 4:00 AM

The GOP heavy-hitter has started investing in Senate candidates, possibly indicating that Rove has lost confidence in Mitt Romney's ability to win the White House.

September 26 2012 2:07 PM

Mitt Romney's running mate Paul Ryan was asked about his stance on marriage equality at a rally, where he suggests that only heterosexual marriage is an American value.

"The things you talk about like traditional marriage and family and entrepreneurship -- these aren’t values that are indicative to any one person, or race, or creed, or color," Ryan said. "These are American values, these are universal human values."

September 25 2012 3:06 PM

Senator Roy McDonald, one of four Republicans to back the marriage equality bill, trailed challenger Kathy Marchione by more votes than remained to be counted.

September 25 2012 11:51 AM

The Republican candidate for vice president actually cast a vote on "don't ask, don't tell" repeal while in Congress. But now he's sort of changed his mind.

September 24 2012 6:24 PM