The Duggar family and the people of Fayetteville, AR have a message to members of the LGBT community: They’re not interested in protecting your kind.
Voters there just struck down the city’s Civil Rights Administration ordinance in a special election held on Tuesday. The ordinance, which the City Council had approved earlier this year, prohibited discrimination based on someone’s sexual orientation and gender identity.
“It was a bad law,” Travis Story, the general counsel leading the charge to repeal the ordinance, said during a watch party Tuesday evening.
Resident Joel Hersh told NWAOnline that he voted against the law because, “The objectives were inappropriate.”
Shannon Harvey, who also voted to repeal the law, said she did so “as protection for faith-based organizations.”
The repeal had been endorsed and promoted by reality TV stars Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar of TLC’s 19 Kids And Counting. In addition to donating $10,000 to the campaigns of the three of the most outspoken opponents of the Civil Rights Administration ordinance, earlier this year, Michelle Duggar recorded a creepy automated phone message encouraging residents to repeal the law which she falsely claimed “would allow men–yes, I said men–to use women’s and girls’ restrooms, locker rooms, showers, sleeping areas and other areas that are designated for females only.
But alderman Matthew Petty, the ordinance’s sponsor, is not letting Tuesday’s defeat get him down.
“We believe that we were on the right side of history,” he said. “And if we’re going to win the hearts and minds of people on the other side of this issue, we need to remember that and remember that they’re brothers and sisters of Fayetteville, too
Mayor Lioneld Jordan, who has publicly endorsed the ordinance, added: “This is the first round, but it won’t be the last round. I would have liked to have seen it go differently, but that doesn’t mean we can’t go back and try something again eventually.”