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05/02/2014

Josh Duggar's new reality: using his TV fame to deny human beings their deserved civil rights

by Jeremy Hooper

In two weeks, the pro-discrimination National Organization For Marriage will lead a rally designed to keep same-sex couples from access to civil marriage equality in the state of Virginia. As he's done several times over the past year, TLC's reality TV star and Family Research Council Action's current executive director, Josh Duggar, will join this coalition of professional anti-gay activists, lending his name and TV fame to the pro-discrimination cause:

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This is why Josh is in DC. This is the kind of work he does. Yet every time I see Josh and his family on shows like Good Morning America, the anchors make them seem like the modern-day Brady Bunch—wholesome and non-controversial. They never talk about how this family uses its heightened profile to advocate for/against causes, and they certainly never mention the viewers whose lives this Duggar-led activism, if successful, would very realistically limit. Josh and his family continue to get a complete and utter pass. The TLC network paints a false reality of this family and their outreach (which the network has attempted to justify to me), and the other outlets go along with the ruse.

I'm pretty sick of it. If Josh Duggar—who has said that his lesbian aunt "chooses" her "lifestyle" and says that all gay people "choose alternative lifestyles"—wants to dedicate his life to taking away my marriage rights, then he needs to be held to account. This is not a TV show to me—it's life.

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