An Arkansas town's controversial transgender ordinance that Michelle Duggar of "19 Kids and Counting" had campaigned against has been repealed.
Last week, voters in the town of Fayetteville repealed Ordinance 119, a measure that expanded various legal protections to include sexual orientation and gender identity, which many argued would've allowed men who identify as female to use women's public bathrooms.
"Voters turned out in record numbers for a special election, according to the election commission," noted an entry on nwahomepage.com. "The final numbers revealed 7,523 (52 percent) voted for the repeal, while 7,040 (48 percent) against, passing the issue by less than 500 votes. Around 29 percent of Fayetteville's registered voters cast ballots in this special election." more >>
"Duck Dynasty" star Willie Robertson told Larry King that he is "not the judge" when it comes to how people live their lives in a Dec. 15 interview.
"I'm not the judge," Willie said when King asked whether he thought being gay or lesbian was a choice. "Larry, I'm trying to figure that out right now, I really am. God's going to be the judge, so it's not my job to convince people to change their lives … if I just introduce them to Jesus, He'll do that."
In the interview, Willie also explained that he did not necessarily agree with what his father, Phil, said in an interview with GQ last year. His sentiments follow those made in March, where Willie told CNN that he believed what the Bible says and that people have to read the Bible and make up their own minds. more >>
"Teen Mom's" Amber Portwood's father passed away on Tuesday evening, and now the star is in mourning for the man she credits with helping her turn her life around.
"I just want to say thank you for all your kind words. This is a heartbreaking time for my family your prayers help..love always," Amber tweeted to her 103,000 followers.
Her brother, Shawn Jr. opened up about the closeness he and Amber shared with their father and the devastation of the loss. more >>
"The Sing Off" competition show produced by Mark Burnett premieres Wednesday night on NBC and will feature groups of acapella singers competing for a chance to win $50,000. Melissa Green, a worship pastor and former member of the Christian contemporary group Avalon, will be competing on the show with the prison outreach group Timothy's Gift.
In an interview with The Christian Post, Green said she went to a casting interview for the show after a friend encouraged her to try out.
"'The Sing-Off' was casting and a friend of mine who knew that I did this said I should audition," Green told CP. "I said I'd do that, but I want to come and represent the prison outreach that I'm a part of. And they loved the idea of it, so I took five other girls that traveled with me to prison, we went and auditioned and NBC loved it." more >>
Rihanna glorified God after becoming the new creative director for Puma in Herzogenaurach, Germany on Tuesday.
The "Diamonds" singer posted several photos to Instagram announcing her new position at Puma from the company's headquarters where she tackled her first creative session with the design team. Ahead of signing the dotted line with Puma, Rihanna took a moment to thank God for the unique business venture.
Jim Bob Duggar has spoken out about the recent efforts to remove his show "19 Kids & Counting" from TLC due to what are believed to be homophobic comments and actions.
"We love everybody, but we don't always agree with them," the Duggar patriarch said at a press conference on Nov. 21. "They won't succeed. Our show is the number one show on TLC. We love everybody. It's a small group creating this fuss. All it has done is give us more exposure. We've gained 50,000 Facebook fans last week. God is expanding our border through the national media."
The Duggar family, which is known for its religious beliefs and large size, have been on TLC for six years and shows no signs of stopping anytime soon. In recent weeks, they have come under fire for taking part in a political movement to keep transgender people out of public restrooms and then removing photos of same-sex couples kissing from their Facebook page. However, the Duggar family remains firm in their commitment to God and to spreading the message of God's love to the public. more >>