July 19

Gay rights supporter Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz states her opposition to “Cut, Cap and Balance” legislation on the floor of the House of Representatives in response to Congressman Allen West’s support of the legislation. Later in the day West responds in a letter calling her “the most vile, unprofessional ,and despicable member of the US House of Representatives. If you have something to say to me, stop being a coward and say it to my face, otherwise, shut the heck up.”

July 23

In Plant City at a town hall meeting West comments on Don’t Ask Don’t Tell. He states: “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.” He also rejects any comparison between racial integration and the integration of gays in the military. “Let me explain something to you. I can't change my color. People can change their behavior, but I can't change my color.”

July 27

Micahel Rajner of the LGBT Democratic Caucus calls for a boycott of the Wilton Manors Business Association after learning the group invited West to speak at their event. West responds: “I am concerned about individuals or organizations that would call upon a boycott and try to hurt hard-working small business owners only because an association wants to be better informed on business related issues that are taking place in Washington D.C.” City Commissioner Julie Carson says West is welcome in Wilton Manors, despite his "anti-gay, misogynist, and disreputable rhetoric [which has] no place in proper civil or political discourse."

July 28

Wilton Manors mayor and City Commissioners speak out against the proposed boycott of the city businesses over the West debacle. Mayor Gary Resnick says in a statement: “Calling for an economic boycott of our business community because you do not happen to agree with … [the] invitation to Congressman West is not only counterproductive, but is irresponsible.”

July 29

The Christian Family Coalition jumps in to the controversy and releases a statement supporting West and attacking Rajner:"How ironic that Michael Rajner, a self-proclaimed advocate of tolerance, who claims to support "equal rights" for all, is bullying and threatening the Wilton Manors Business Association (WMBA) with a boycott…To most fair-minded Americans, Michael Rajner's childish antics only make him look as if he were an intolerant bigot, a closet racist and a hypocrite.

August 1

The WMBA backs away from the event and cancels West’s upcoming appearance. That evening a group of community leaders meets and forms a new group, the Coalition for Equality and Fairness, and plans their first event titled “Allen West- In His Own Words.” West later responds to the cancellation and says: “Clearly, we have learned who really are the intolerable individuals in South Florida.”


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