In case you weren’t aware, Josiah Duggar and Lauren Swanson are officially courting and fans think that they are very cute together. However, the Duggar family may not be too happy with this relationship as apparently Josiah and Swanson are breaking some of the rules of their courtship. This family is known to be very strict with their love lives, as this family doesn't actually believe in dating, but instead follow the practice of a courtship. These Duggar courtships are seen, by many fans, to be very controversial, as some people see a courtship as the exact same thing as an arranged marriage.

Though there is quite a difference between the two, that doesn’t stop fans from speculating.

What did this couple do?

As mentioned above, Josiah Duggar and Lauren Swanson have been an item for a while now, and they appear to have broken the rules of their courtship. Jim-Bob and Michelle Duggar have very strict rules when it comes to the practice of courting, which includes very limited touching, chaperoned dates, and apparently, they even monitor their children’s messages to ensure there is no risky behaviour between the two. Well, Josiah and Swanson just recently took a trip down to New Zealand, and the two were pictured walking romantically together and even being in kissing distance of each other.

Yes, I’m aware that this is absolutely nothing special, but when it comes to the Duggar family, this is very scandalous. These courtships as I hinted at before are often compared to arranged marriages, but there is a distinctive distance between the two. For example, in a courtship, the two people involved have to agree to the courtship, but with arranged marriages, the two people don’t need to consent, as they will be married no matter what.

Jim Bob even spoke to Today about how the family’s courtships weren’t arranged marriages, by saying “I do not choose who my children marry. Over the years, I have suggested guys to my daughters.” I have also attached a picture below of Josiah and Swanson walking romantically on the beach together so you can see what all of the fuss is about.


What is everyone else in the Duggar family up to?

It is worth mentioning that this is not the first time that the Duggar family have made headlines. For instance, Jill Duggar’s husband Derick Dillard was actually fired from the family’s TLC reality television series “Counting On” after he made transphobic remarks about fellow TLC star Jazz Jennings. To keep up to date with all things related to this family, you can follow them on social media and their television show “Counting On” as well.