The stars of 19 Kids and Counting just couldn’t resist responding to the Supreme Court’s ruling on gay marriage. The Duggars carefully chose their words, but the family’s matriarch and patriarch made sure that their fans know that they’re unhappy that gay couples can now get married in any U.S. state.
There’s still no word on whether TLC is bringing back 19 Kids and Counting for another season, so perhaps members of the Duggar family are trying to be on their best behavior while they wait. The Josh Duggar molestation scandal upset many TLC viewers and scared away quite a few advertisers, so the Duggars definitely don’t want to do anything that will draw the wrath of the public — another big backlash could end up being the final nail in their show’s coffin.
On the Duggar Family Official Facebook page, Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar made sure that they kept their response to yesterday’s historic SCOTUS ruling as vague as possible by not mentioning gay marriage at all. They did, however, express concern for their country.
“Praying for our nation today,” Jim Bob and Michelle wrote.
They let the Bible do the rest of the talking by sharing the verse below warning people to change their “wicked ways.”
The 19 Kids and Counting stars obviously tried not to say anything too incendiary, but many Facebook commenters were still disappointed in the Duggars’ decision to speak out.
“Dear LGBT Community, don’t worry — the same people that covered for their child molester son are praying for your eternal souls,” one commenter wrote. “Dear Duggars, sorry to break it to you — love will always win out over hatred and discrimination. Get over it.”
“I love your family always have but I just can’t agree with this,” another commented. “If it doesn’t affect you why do you care? It’s their lives not yours and they love each other. Not everyone has the same beliefs as you. I don’t. You’d think with all that’s happened to you guys lately you’d be less judgmental.”
Another told the 19 Kids and Counting stars that they probably need to be focusing on their own family right now.
“You should worry about what your children are doing and little less who is loving who.”
Once upon a time, Josh Duggar would have been the 19 Kids and Counting star with the most to say about the SCOTUS gay marriage ruling. Duggar used to be the executive director of Family Research Council Action in Washington, D.C., and his duties called for him to speak out against gay marriage quite often. After Josh confessed to sexually molesting four of his younger sisters, he was forced to resign from his position with the FRC.
According to the Huffington Post, Josh Duggar was still taking digs at the LGBT community back in April. He was more than happy to share his thoughts about gay marriage at a National Organization for Marriage event.
“Natural marriage is something that has been clearly defined over the years,” Josh said. “What’s really at stake here is the American family. Marriage is essential to the American family and every single child deserves a mother and a father.”
However, as the stars of 19 Kids and Counting have recently discovered, sometimes a child’s mother and father can make terrible mistakes — for example, they might stubbornly refuse to take appropriate actions after learning about their son’s incestuous sexual abuse, making it possible for him to continue his pattern of molesting his younger sisters.
While talking about his belief that people of faith are being persecuted for speaking out against gay marriage, Josh mentioned that he wants everyone to be treated equally under the law. However, perhaps he doesn’t believe that all child molesters should be treated equally. Josh also failed to realize that his words about equality could have come out of the mouth of an LGBT activist.
“I believe everyone deserves equal treatment under the law and that’s what we’re here standing for.”
Are you surprised that the stars of 19 Kids and Counting dared to say anything about the gay marriage ruling?
[Image via Duggar Family Official Facebook]