August 27, 2014 at 6:30 pm EST | by Staff reports
Ark. city approves LGBT ordinance
Michelle Duggar, Fayetteville, gay news, Washington Blade

Michelle Duggar of “19 Kids and Counting,” a TLC series that profiles her family who lives in nearby Tontitown, Ark., recorded a robo call that urged Fayetteville residents to publicly oppose the proposed LGBT-inclusive anti-discrimination ordinance. (Photo by Jim Bob Duggar; courtesy Wikimedia Commons)

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — The Fayetteville City Council on August 20 approved an anti-discrimination ordinance that includes sexual orientation and gender identity and expression.

The Arkansas Democrat Gazette reported the 6-2 vote took place after a meeting that lasted nearly 10 hours.

The newspaper said more than 120 people testified during the hearing.

“The idea that I could lose my home because someone finds out that I’m gay is why … we need to push this through as quickly as possible,” said Nathan Southerland-Kordsmeier as the Arkansas Democrat Gazette reported. “People like me don’t feel safe here. I’m living with a shadow over my head.”

Michelle Duggar of “19 Kids and Counting,” a TLC series that profiles her family who lives in nearby Tontitown, Ark., recorded a robo call that urged Fayetteville residents to publicly oppose the proposed ordinance.

Fayetteville is the first Arkansas city to explicitly ban anti-LGBT discrimination.

The ordinance is slated to take effect on September 20.

  • Carl Merchant

    All adults that work in this country pay taxes and some of the reality shows that are on tv now are so off the normal way for life in this country. To make a living on having sex and reproducing 19 children is not worth watching. What are they paying for taxes in the country on a yearly basis and what is their income?

    Why should people making a living in this type of way tell me how I should live and what rights I should be allowed to have to live in the United States of America.

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