Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard Said They Still Don’t Accept the LGBTQ Community, Called Homosexuality a Sin

Jill Duggar and her husband, Derick Dillard, are taking to their YouTube channel to answer fan questions, and we’re certainly learning a lot. On Sept. 30, 2020, they talked about what they think of the LGBTQ community. And they verified that they have friends who identify as LGBTQ. Unfortunately, Jill and Derick also noted that they don’t support the community and believe homosexuality is a sin. Here’s what they said.

The Duggars made it known they don’t support the LGBTQ community

Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar make a stop on their 'Values Bus Tour'
Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar make a stop on their ‘Values Bus Tour’ | Matt McClain/ The Washington Post

Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar raised their kids to be independent Baptists, and they had incredibly strict rules growing up. All 19 Duggar kids were expected to follow the Bible, attend church, and abide by the strict dress code Jim Bob and Michelle created (especially the girls).

Not only that, but the Duggars also believe in courtships over dating. Courtships involve dating with intent to marry, and the participants are not allowed to touch, hug, kiss, or have sexual relations until marriage.

As for the LGBTQ community, the Duggars have taken a stance against this as well. Buzzfeed reminds us back in 2012, the Duggars campaigned for Rick Santorum, a Christian conservative who doesn’t believe in same-sex marriage. And they’re also involved in the Family Research Council, a nonprofit that’s anti-LGBTQ and anti-abortion.

Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard called homosexuality a sin

Jill has taken a massive step back from her famous family. According to Derick, Jill’s on the outs with Jim Bob, and she has to have special permission in order to go to the big family home and attend Duggar events. It seems Jill’s often left out of family gatherings and Zoom calls, too.

Despite the rift between Jill and the rest of the Duggars, it seems some of her views have very much remained the same. Jill and Derick explained that while they have friends in the LGBTQ community, they still think homosexuality is a sin.

“We have lots of non-Christian friends,” Derick starts in the Q&A video. “We have friends in the LGBTQ+ community. I think it’s a misconception that just because you disagree with someone that you can’t be friends.”

“As Christians, we believe that there are certain things that are sinful, like adultery … or sex before marriage, homosexuality, like, those are things that we believe are sinful,” Jill added. “But … doesn’t mean that we might not be friends with people, because ultimately we’re all sinners.”

Derick once condemned TLC co-star Jazz Jennings for being transgender

Jill Duggar Dillard (L) and husband Derick Dillard visit 'Extra' at their New York studios
Jill Duggar Dillard (L) and husband Derick Dillard visit ‘Extra’ at their New York studios | D Dipasupil/Getty Images for Extra

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We can’t forget that Derick initially got himself and Jill kicked off of TLC’s Counting On due to his inappropriate remarks toward fellow TLC co-star Jazz Jennings, who’s transgender. Derick took to Twitter to condemn Jennings.

In 2017, Derick tweeted, “What an oxymoron… a ‘reality’ show which follows a non-reality. ‘Transgender’ is a myth. Gender is not fluid; it’s ordained by God.”

This brought along plenty of fan criticism. To that, Derick said, “I have nothing against him. I only have issue with the words and definitions being propagated here.”

This ultimately resulted in Derick’s firing from the network, though he now claims he purposely got himself fired so he and Jill wouldn’t be obligated to continue filming. “They won’t tell you that I was fired because I wasn’t,” Derick tweeted in 2020. “We wanted to leave and they didn’t want us to. That’s the truth.”

Whatever the truth, there’s no excuse for transphobic tweets. And we’re hoping Jill and Derick will learn more about the LGBTQ community and welcome them into their lives.

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