Last year, the couple endorsed sodomy-obsessed candidate Ken Cuccinelli for Virginia governor. They also encouraged their oldest son, Josh, to become an antigay activist. And they once embarked on a seven state bus tour to oppose marriage equality.
Now, the bible thumpers have found themselves at the center of yet another scandal involving the gays.
It all started when their 22-year-old daughter Jessa, child number five of 19, posted a “sexy” black-and-white photo of herself locking lips with her husband for the very first time to her Instagram page. The newlyweds had made a point of waiting until after they were married to share their first kiss together because, well, that’s what good Christians do.
To show their support of their daughter’s amazing restraint, the Duggars posted their own kissy photo to their Facebook page along with the following caption:
“Recently, Ben & Jessa received some criticism for posting a kissing picture. We are so grateful they waited to share their first kiss until after marriage. We’ve been married 30 years and are still in love! We had fun trying to duplicate Ben and Jessa’s happily married kissing picture. We challenge all married couples to take a happily married picture and post it here.”
19 Kids and Counting fans were quick to jump on the bandwagon. Hundreds of people posted their own photos to the Duggar’s Facebook page, including elderly couples, military spouses, and husbands and wives supporting one another through illness.
Everything was hunky-dory. That is, until a couple of trouble-making gay people had to come along and ruin it.
According to John Becker at The Bilerico Project, he posted a photo of himself and his husband kissing by the Liberty Bell, with the caption: “Happily married for nearly nine years; working hard for #MarriageEquality for all loving couples. And we will win, because #LoveIsLove! #LibertyAndJusticeForAll.”
Shortly after posting the photo, Becker says, it mysteriously vanished.
“Oh no,” Becker wrote on his Facebook page. “I think I’ve been banned from the Duggar Family Official Facebook page! (I’m crying into my coffee cup right now, I assure you).”
Other same-sex couples who posted images of themselves kissing claim their pictures, too, disappeared from the page.
The Duggars have yet to comment on the controversy, though we’re pretty sure we know what they’re going to say when they do. It will no doubt mention something about “God’s will” and how a marriage is between a man and a woman followed by announcement that the couple is expecting babies #20 through 23 in the spring.