Anti-gay reality TV family have a secret lesbian sister

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Homophobic reality TV family the Duggars have a secret lesbian sister – whose partner says the family are in a “cult”.

The stars of reality show 19 Kids and Counting have faced criticism for their homophobic comments and ties to listed hate groups.

Parents Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar and their extensive – and rapidly growing – family recently lobbied against an equal rights law alongside the Family Research Council, a known hate group.

However, RadarOnline discovered that Michelle Duggar actually has a lesbian sister. Evelyn Ruark, 63, lives away from her family with partner Sharon Callahan, 52.

Ms Callahan said previously: “We are worried about them. We have often thought that [Christian sect] Quiverfull is a cult. It appears to be brainwashing to me.”

Josh Duggar, one of the couple’s 19 children, referenced having a lesbian aunt in an interview last year – but she has never been mentioned on the show, appearing only once.

He said: “I have an aunt who has chosen to live that life and I love my aunt. I think she is an amazing person… She believes that marriage is between one man and one woman.”

The Duggars recently called for fans to post photos to Facebook with their spouse – and then deleted all the gay responses.

Over 180,000 people have signed a petition calling for TLC to cancel the family reality show.