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  • Arkansas Town Infiltrated By Duggar Cash And Robocalls Repeals Anti-Discrimination Law

    Residents of Fayetteville, Arkansas, repealed a non-discrimination law that was passed just months earlier. The Duggar family was heavily invested in its repeal.

    This summer many were shocked when Michelle Duggar, the matriarch on TLC's reality TV show "19 Kids and Counting," recorded a scathing, fear-mongering, anti-trans robocall urging voters in Fayetteville, Arkansas, to vote against a non-discrimination ordinance. The Duggars don't even live in Fayetteville, which made her involvement even more surprising.

    "I don’t believe the citizens of Fayetteville would want males with past child predator convictions that claim they are female to have a legal right to enter private areas that are reserved for women and girls," Michelle Duggar said in the robocall.

    The city council, despite urgings of the Duggars and the religious right, passed the ordinance into law.

    Last night, by a 52-48 vote, Fayetteville residents repealed the nascent law.

    "It was called the Civil Rights Ordinance, but it was misnamed," local minister Duncan Campbell, the head of the repeal campaign Repeal 119, told 5 News. "It was an ordinance that actually took away civil rights and freedom from people. It criminalized civil behavior."

    The Fayetteville non-discrimination ordinance "prohibits discrimination in employment, housing, real estate transactions, city services, business transactions and public accommodations based on 'race, ethnicity, national origin, age (if 18 years of age or older), gender, gender identity, gender expression, familial status, marital status, socioeconomic background, religion, sexual orientation, disability or veteran status,'" Arkansas News reported in August.

    The Duggars weren't done fighting after the robocall, however. 

    The "19 Kids and Counting" family "donated $10,000 toward the campaigns of the three most outspoken opponents to Fayetteville’s new Civil Rights Administration ordinance. The Duggars gave $2,000 to John La Tour, and $4,000 to both Joshua Crawford and Paul Phaenuef," the Fayettevile Flyer reported October 31. "La Tour, Crawford, and Phaneuf have all said they oppose the ordinance and were each listed as contacts on a press release for Repeal 119."

    The days leading up to yesterday's vote were tense.

    Max Brantley, editor of the Arkansas Times, had strong words after the votes were tallied.

    The hate groups such as the Family Council spent huge sums and huge church effort to defeat the ordinance. The Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce, led by convicted felon Steve Clark, also threw its weight against the ordinance.

    The religious right, needless to say, was thrilled with the win.

    Especially, yes, Josh Duggar.

     

     

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    • commented 2015-01-08 19:43:49 -0500
      Most are judging Michele Duggar too quickly and missing her one valid point. Her message says nothing about taking away anyone’s rights to housing, financing, or otherwise a fair lifestyle. The only objection she has is the part about public restrooms/lockers. Maybe her wording wasn’t the clearest, but if you actually read the proposed law, there is, in fact, a loophole that will open a door for sexual predators to gain access to the public places reserved for women and girls, just like she said. The proposed bill protects those who “disagree” with their physical gender, i.e. those born male but who want to live as female. Prior to this ordinance, no “man” legally can enter a public women’s room, but if this passes, ANY man, including sexual predators, can simply dress feminine and, under the shield of this law, can enter places reserved for girls, even where there are young girls, like bathrooms or locker rooms at pools. This loophole needs to be closed before this law passes. I did not hear anything in M.Duggars robocall message indicating any objection to the other parts of the ordinance, and she did not even say anything derogatory about the LGBT population. She did single out “males with past child predator convictions that claim they are female to have a legal right to enter private areas that are reserved for women and girls.” After reading the ordinance, and a legal interpretation of same, I can understand what she is saying.

    • commented 2014-12-11 21:35:59 -0500
      I like how the religious right claim to be fighting for “equal rights for all citizens of Fayetteville, AK,” which this ordinance did exactly that, but are cheering it’s repeal. The only reason they wanted it repealed, was because it protected the rights of the LGBTQ community, along side the heterosexuals that would have benefited from this law.

      Just more evidence to prove that the right-wingers are hypocrites. I’ve never hated a group more in my life.

    • commented 2014-12-10 23:49:16 -0500
      losing rights is never a win, especially on International Human Rights Day

    • commented 2014-12-10 12:53:09 -0500
      And now we wait for the lawsuit. Hey, if they can do it, so can we.

    • commented 2014-12-10 10:40:40 -0500
      Mixing religion and politics – is this Nazi Germany? Sure smells like it to me.

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