They got their wish. The Duggar family helped get an anti-LGBT bill get passed in their hometown Fayetteville, Arkansas on Tuesday, Dec. 9. The new bill helped overturn a measure that would have prevented landlords and business owners to evict or fire people based on their gender identity. During the campaign, the Duggars also donated $10,000 to three opponents of the Ordinance 119.
Back in August, Change.org created a petition to cancel 19 Kids and Counting after Michelle Duggar allegedly asked voters to repeal the law in a recorded robocall. (The matriarch also upset members of the LGBTQ community when she and husband Jim Bob deleted photos of same-sex couples from an impromptu Facebook challenge.)
"Just because someone is transgendered doesn't mean they are a child predator or a rapist," Jim Wissick, who started the petition, wrote. "Transgender people — who are far more likely to be the victims of harassment and violence if forced to use a bathroom that is inconsistent with their gender identity or expression — deserve to have the ability to use the bathroom in peace and safety."
Despite the backlash, the couple stood their ground by posting a telling Bible verse on their Facebook page. It read: "We will always stand for truth and the values we hold dear without compromise, but we will do so in love and kindness — treating others well even if we don't agree with them and we will do so without hateful words." Fans also created a counter-petition to save the show, which has remained on air.
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