Thousands petition against "19 Kids and Counting" for LGBTQ "fear mongering"

Jim Bob Duggar and Michelle Duggar of "19 Kids and Counting" speak at the Values Voter Summit on September 17, 2010 in Washington, DC.
Brendan Hoffman

Last Updated Nov 20, 2014 9:51 AM EST

The one thing cropping up faster than children for the Duggar family is controversy.

A petition on Change.org urging TLC to cancel the family's reality show, "19 Kids and Counting," is gaining momentum.

"End LGBTQ fear mongering by the Duggars," a letter posted on petition page reads. "The Duggars have been using their fame to promote discrimination, hate, and fear-mongering against gays and transgendered people. You need to take a stand on the side of justice and cancel their show."

The petition currently has over 78,000 signatures.

Last week, the couple posted a Facebook photo of them kissing and encouraged other married couples to share their own. The caption read, "God designed marriage to be a loving, dynamic relationship between a husband and wife for a lifetime. God loves marriage and it is supposed to be full of love, joy, fun and romance," it said. "We challenge all married couples to take a happily married picture and post it here."

John Becker, of LGBT blog "The Bilerico Project," posted a photo of him kissing his husband. He says his photo was later taken down and that he was banned from the Duggars' page, according to E! News.

The creator of the petition also cites reports that the family donated $10,000 to repeal equal housing rights for LGBTQ members. He also says Josh Duggar is a member of the Family Research Center, which the petition creator calls a "hate-filled, anti-gay organization."

The Duggars debuted on television in 2008 with "17 Kids and Counting." Their series is currently in its ninth season.