West invited to LGBT-friendly Broward community, sparking controversy

Rep. Allen West, R-Fort Lauderdale, will speak at the Wilton Manors Business Association's Aug. 8 meeting. Wilton Manors is a city with a strong, active LGBT community and plenty of LGBT-owned businesses. When asked about lifting the ban on gays and lesbians in the military, West said this weekend, When you take the military and you tell it they must conform to the individual's behavior, then it's just a matter of time until you break down the military.

Focus on the Family happy with Boehner plan to shell out $500K to defend Defense of Marriage Act

Speaker of the House John Boehner has contracted high-profile conservative attorney Paul Clement to uphold the Defense of Marriage Act on behalf of the House of Representatives. Boehner has agreed to initially pay Clement up to $500,000 to defend the law, although analysts say that figure is sure to rise. The Colorado-based Christian-right organization Focus on the Family celebrated the arrangement, touting Clement’s rĂ©sumĂ© as one of the nation’s top attorneys.

Anti-abortion group will picket Catholic facilities in response to Priests for Life suspension

The Center for Bio-Ethical Reform recently announced that the group will be picketing Catholic facilities and activities in the Diocese of Amarillo, Texas. The anti-abortion group wants to force Bishop Patrick Zurek to allow Father Frank Pavone to resume full-time anti-abortion ministry. Zurek recently suspended Priests for Life leader Frank Pavone for concerns about financial improprieties.”