Did the Duggars Really Remove Same-Sex Couples' Photos From Their Kissing Challenge?

The 19 Kids and Counting stars' photo competition on Facebook turns controversial

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Following their daughter Jessa‘s recent nuptials, during which she and husband Ben Seewald locked lips for the first time, later posting a steamy kissing photo to Instagram, Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar were feeling the love.

The 19 Kids and Counting parentals posted their own smooch pic to Facebook with the message “God designed marriage to be a loving, dynamic relationship between a husband and wife for a lifetime … We challenge all married couples to take a happily married picture and post it here.”

It seems they may have gotten more than they asked for as happily married same-sex couples also responded to the call, posting their own loving kiss pics.

But now one man claims the photo he posted of himself and his husband was taken down. “Oh no, I’ve been banned from the Duggar Family Official Facebook page!” wrote John Becker on his own Facebook page on Tuesday.

“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.”

TLC, the network that airs 19 Kids and Counting declined to comment on the matter, but following the alleged removals, the Duggars took to their page with Bible verses as well as the following message.

“We love these wise words from Rick Warren: ‘Our culture has accepted two huge lies. The first is that if you disagree with someone’s lifestyle, you must fear or hate them. Second is that to love someone means that you must agree with everything they believe or do. Both are nonsense. You don’t have to compromise convictions to be compassionate.’ ”

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