19 Kids and Counting stars Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar have been embroiled in controversy yet again after deleting same-sex couples kissing on their Facebook page. Now, the TLC stars respond to the firestorm with a quote from the Bible.
In another Facebook post, the religious couple used a quote from Luke 6:27 to drive home their point, "But I say to you who hear, love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you."
Adding, "This is such a sweet scripture that we hold dear. We will always stand for truth and the values we hold dear without compromise but we will do so in love and kindness — treating others well even if we don't agree with them and we will do so without hateful words. This verse is a reminder of how we must always carry ourselves. Precious words from Jesus."
As MStars News reported, it comes three days after the pair issued a challenge to their fans on their official Facebook page. When recently married daughter Jessa Duggar posted a picture on Instagram of her and new husband Ben Seewald kissing, the Duggar parents decided to post one of their own on their Facebook since Jessa was getting a lot of backlash from it.
"God designed marriage to be a loving, dynamic relationship between a husband and wife for a lifetime," they wrote. "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 challenge all married couples to take a happily married picture and post it here."
John Becker of the blog, "The Bilerico Project," wrote on his site that his picture with him and his husband kissing had been deleted as well as other same-sex couples.
"Oh no, 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)," he posted. "I posted this photo of Michael and me with the following comment: 'Happily married for nearly nine years; working hard for #MarriageEquality for all loving couples."
"It was getting lots of likes, but the Duggars must not have liked it very much - they pulled it down and blocked me from posting, liking, or commenting on the page altogether. How sad that they feel so threatened by other loving marriages," he continued.
What do you think of the Duggars' response to the controversy?