Evelyn Ruark: Michelle Duggar's Lesbian Sister Speaks Out on Famous Family

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Evelyn Ruark is a 63-year-old lesbian who lives in Cincinnati with her partner of several years.

She's also older the sister of one of the most famous moms in the history of reality TV.

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When the Ruark family relocated from Arkansas to Ohio in the early 1980s, youngest daughter Michelle stayed behind to marry boyfriend Jim Bob Duggar.

No one could have predicted that Jim Bob and Michelle would go on to raise an astonishing 19 kids (and counting) and star in a hit reality show for TLC.

Michelle, of course, adopted her husband's ultra-conservative religious beliefs, and as a result, she's mostly lost contact with her much more liberal family.

In fact, they reportedly contact one another so rarely that Michelle may not even be aware that her family thinks she's the one who's lost her way and may need help.

"We are worried about them," says Evelyn's partner, Sharon Callahan, of the deeply conservative Duggars. "We often thought that QuiverFull is a cult."

"It seems brainwashing to me."

The QuiverFull movement is just one component of the Duggars' conservative belief system, which also involves preaching intolerance toward homosexuality.

Josh Duggar, the first-born of the 19 children and a conservative political activist, recently stated that he'd like to help gays change their sad, lonely "lifestyle".

Prior to that, Michelle Duggar spearheaded a campaign to overturn an anti-discrimination law that would've ensured equal employment and housing rights to gays.

Evelyn reportedly offers some brief comments on her famous sister's polarizing, controversial beliefs in a forthcoming issue of The National Enquirer.

But, as you might have guessed, she hasn't been in direct contact with Michelle for several years, and thus has little to say about her current lifestyle.

In fact, the only time that Michelle's side of the family acknowledged Evelyn in the past few years came when Josh Duggar mentioned her in a recent radio interview:

"I have an aunt who has chosen to live that life and I love my aunt," Josh, himself a father of three (with a fourth on the way in 2015), said at the time.

"I think she is an amazing person."

He went on to say that Evelyn Ruark has opposed gay marriage despite her sexual orientation, a statement that she has yet to confirm or deny.

It's all very interesting, to say the least. You can watch 19 Kids and Counting online at TV Fanatic for more of the Duggars' unique family dynamic.

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