Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar Successfully Help Overturn Anti-Discrimination Law

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Back in August, Michelle Duggar helped fight an anti-discrimination bill in her hometown of Fayetteville, Arkansas by lending her voice to a robo-calling campaign urging residents to express their displeasure with Ordinance 119.

The ordinance was designed to prevent businesses and landlords from discriminating against potential employees and tenants on the basis of race, gender, religion, or sexual orientation.

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Michelle's robo-calls stated that the bill would enable "males with past child predator convictions" to "enter private areas that are reserved for women and girls."

In addition to lending their names and celebrity status to the efforts to have the bill overturned, Michelle and Jim Bob donated $10,000 each to politicians who pledged to fight Ordinance 119.

Earlier today, the bill was overturned in the Arkansas state senate by a narrow margin of 52-48.

The Duggars involvement in fighting the ordinance resulted in an accusations of "LGBTQ fear-mongering," and a popular petition to have 19 Kids and Counting canceled, due to perceived hate speech.

Michelle launched a counter-petition to save the show, but given the Duggars growing popularity, it's unlikely that TLC ever seriously considered axing what's slowly become the network's flagship series.

Of course, there's no way of knowing if the bill would have been overturned without the Duggars' intervention, but given how close the final vote was, this seems to be yet another indication of the family's growing political influence.

Watch 19 Kids and Counting online to see how it all started for the simple family from Arkansas.

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Michelle Duggar Quotes

When you've missed [sex] for seven days, you look forward to it even more! - Michelle Duggar

Anyone can fix him lunch, but only one person can meet that physical need of love that he has, and you always need to be available when he calls. - Michelle Duggar on saying yes (yes, and more yes) to sex