Josh Duggar of TLC’s '19 Kids and Counting' has moved his family to Washington, D.C., to take a job at a local lobbying firm, the reality show star announced on his Twitter page.
Duggar, 25, has accepted a job with FRC Action, the lobbying arm of the Family Research Council, or FRC, as its executive director, the organization announced on its website.
Tony Perkins, president of the FRC, which is known for its anti-abortion and anti-gay marriage views, wrote on the group's website that Duggar is expected to bring his passion for pro-life and pro-family issues to the political sphere in a bid to “expand FRCA's reach as a premier conservative advocacy group.”
“It will be a culture shock coming from northwest Arkansas, but he’s a sharp kid. He is going to fit in well,” Perkins told The Washington Post on Tuesday.
But GLAAD, an organization that propagates lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality, expressed concerns over Duggar’s appointment, questioning if "19 Kids and Counting" will act as a “mainstream outlet for FRC’s dangerous message.”
"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," GLAAD spokesperson Wilson Cruz wrote on its website.
"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."
TLC spokesperson Shannon Martin told the Post that cameras will not intrude on Duggar while he is on the job, and that the show will focus only on his family back in Arkansas.
“We’ll continue to follow the Duggar family in Arkansas,” and at the same time will feature Josh and his wife Anna’s “life in the big city.”