Last week, Josh and Anna Duggar announced the birth of their third child, Marcus Anthony Duggar. Josh is the oldest child of Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, the heads of the massive family depicted in the TLC reality show 19 Kids and Counting. At a healthy 9 pounds, 3 ounces, Marcus was another step along the path to another large Duggar family.
This week, Josh Duggar has been hired by a conservative Christian lobbying group in Washington. The Family Research Council (FRC) announced on Monday that Duggar has joined the organization as the Executive Director of FRC Action. Despite its name, the FRC does not lobby primarily on family issues. Instead, the organization focuses on opposing abortion, gay rights, euthanasia, stem cell research, and pornography.
Josh has moved his (relatively) small family to Washington D.C. for the new job, which involves running the “action” wing of the FRC. Josh has previous political experience, having founded a political consulting firm called Strategic Political Services in 2006, and consulted on former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum‘s run for the 2012 Republican nomination for president. The FRC has stated that Josh will be working in “grassroots outreach” and working on “engaging more young people.”
Gay rights organization GLAAD seized on the news to reiterate its opposition to the FRC, which it calls an “anti-gay organization.”
“If Josh Duggar wants to make a living dehumanizing and denigrating LGBT people and their families, that’s his business, but FRC’s lies and stereotypes need to be treated as such,” said Wilson Cruz, a spokesperson for GLAAD. “Josh’s new boss Tony Perkins has actually accused LGBT equality advocates of being pawns of the devil. Fans of his family’s reality show ought to know that.”
Josh and Anna’s marriage has been chronicled for years on 19 Kids and Counting. In celebration of the birth of their third child, TLC is released a video retrospective of the couple’s appearances on the show: