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The Duggar family is at the center of massive controversy this week, with more than 120,000 people signing a petition to cancel 19 Kids and Counting.

It's far from the first time they've faced heavy scrutiny, however.

In many ways, the family's most recent scandal is a culmination of many. The petition was actually started months ago, only to gain traction recently.

Here's a look back at 13 times the TLC stars faced backlash ...

Jessa Gets Strapped
Jessa Duggar and her then-boyfriend Ben Seewald began courting controversy almost from the moment they started dating, posing for photos like this one - a picture that now seems tame considering what they've been stirring up more recently.

The Duggars, as we all know, are conservative individuals.

Staunch ones at that, standing out among today's TV offerings, drawing many like-minded viewers. But their earnest, authentic way of life also has a broader appeal.

As more people watch 19 Kids and Counting online and their fame has grown due to social and traditional media, so has the criticism they face quite often.

The family's views on dating, courting, marriage and child-rearing are noteworthy enough, but they've also proven polarizing on political and religions grounds.

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Derick Dillard and Jill Duggar Dillard of TLC's 19 Kids & Counting fame shared the first photo of their baby son ahead of his anticipated March arrival.

Yes, they posted an adorable ultrasound picture of #BabyDilly!

Jill Duggar Ultrasound Photo

"I am keeping his ultrasound pictures safe ... it is so exciting to look at this picture," Jill tells People, adding that the little one "is moving and kicking now."

"It's crazy to realize I have this wonderful baby boy inside me."

Jill and Derick wed June 21, and just a few weeks later revealed her pregnancy. They saved their first kiss for the altar, and quickly made up for lost time.

The couple, ages 23 (her) and 25 (him), have set up a Duggar-Dillard baby registry and are taking childbirth classes to prepare for a natural home birth.

"I am learning a lot about birth," says Derick. "We are doing our homework together, and I keep reading new things, the medical aspects are fascinating to me."

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Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard have joined the kissing craze.

The 19 Kids and Counting couple shared the steamy shot on Instagram, recreating Jessa Duggar and Ben Seewald's passionate kissing photo from earlier this month.

  • Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard Kissing
  • Jessa Duggar, Ben Seewald Kiss

Jill Duggar, 25, wrote no caption alongside their photo.

Derick also offered no commentary, as it speaks for itself. Dillard later about his marriage via Twitter, sharing scripture and feelings for his beautiful wife.

Jill mimicked these same sentiments earlier this fall.

"He is so good!" the pregnant Jill Duggar said.

"He makes sure he gives me snacks before I get out of bed... just so I'll have something in my tummy before I [move] around. He is amazing. Married life is the best!"

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With all the hullabaloo over Jessa Duggar and Ben Seewald's wedding (and what may have gone down after the wedding), her older sister has been out of the spotlight.

Jill Dillard Wedding Pic

It seems like a lifetime ago in Duggar Land, but Jill Duggar married Derick Dillard not even six months ago in Arkansas. Then the newlyweds quickly got pregnant.

Mom Michelle Duggar, who sparked some controversy herself this week with her deletion of Facebook kissing photos, says Jill is doing very, very well these days.

Her marriage to Derick Dillard has been a “very smooth transition,” she blogs of the cute couple who left the nest, noting that "they have their schedule already."

"They both get up and off to work or Jill works on her studies [to be a midwife]. Sometimes she'll pop by our place since it's awfully quiet at her house."

"She's so used to studying with noise."

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Possibly in an effort to distract from the controversy surrounding Jessa Duggar and Ben Seewald getting caught having sex at their own wedding reception, the 19 Kids and Counting clan has decided to branch out into the world of music:

Jessa Duggar took a break from posting photos of Derick Dillard n order to promote the above clip on her Instagram page.

It features four of her brothers and several members of the Duggar-affiliated Bates family lip-syncing to Lawson Bates' Christian bluegrass ditty "Happiness."

Bates is a young country star who also has 18 siblings. He recently released a collection of songs entitled Freedom Sure Ain't Free, not to be confused with "Freedom Isn't Free" from Team America: World Police:

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Last week's unforgettable episode of 19 Kids and Counting saw Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard tie the knot in front of 1,000 guests their native Arkansas.

Fittingly, TLC pivoted to Jill's younger sister Jessa Duggar and her engagement this week in the wonderful 19 Kids and Counting Season 14 Episode 15.

The installment, fittingly titled "Jessa's Engagement," took fans behind the scenes as Ben Seewald planned out a magical proposal for his soon-to-be bride.

Not unlike Jill's wedding episode, this was one we were looking forward to, especially since Jessa Duggar and Ben Seewald married just last weekend.

They didn't waste much time after his proposal, which took place in August on the 11-month anniversary of when the two began courting each other.

The first thing you'll see when you sit down and watch 19 Kids and Counting online is how sweet Ben was in putting all this together for his beloved Jessa.

First, we see Ben ask for Jim Bob and Michelle‘s blessing, as the patriarch hesitates and says it is vital that the two work together in the  Lord’s name.

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Jill Duggar has posted another cute baby bump shot after a relative hiatus from Instagram, and boy has our girl popped since her last profile photo.

See #BabyDilly really showing in her 19 week picture below!

Jill Duggar Baby Bump: 19 Weeks!
Jill Duggar's baby bump sure has popped here at the 19 week mark!

She's officially in her second trimester, and boy can you tell.

BOY, we sure can. Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard are expecting one, if you hadn't heard. They confirmed the gender, and shared the news, as soon as they could.

The proud soon-to-be dad, who entered into a covenant marriage with Jill just six months ago, shared a sweet snapshot of his beautiful and expectant wife.

"Just about halfway now to meeting our son!" Derick wrote.

While you couldn't see much of a bump when she was 11, 12 or 13 weeks along and posing for these pics, Jill Duggar most definitely looks pregnant now.

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19 Kids and Counting's Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard will welcome their first child early next year, and if all goes according to plan, they will do so at home.

Derick, Jill

The cute newlyweds, who you can watch 19 Kids and Counting online to see tie the knot on this week's episode, are looking forward to meeting their son.

They have until March, which means a lot of preparation time, and they're making the most of it, setting up registries and getting their ducks in a row.

On Friday, the pregnant star and her hubby dropped by Giggle in N.Y.C. to get an idea of what they'd like to have on hand when they welcome #BabyDilly.

In addition to Jill Duggar's baby registry, the couple, who are reportedly bound by a Covenant marriage, also revealed their labor and delivery plans.

"We're taking Bradley [Method] birth classes right now," said Derick.

What does that entail, exactly? Allow his lovely wife to explain ...

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When Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard got married back in June, no one was surprised.

After all, they'd been "courting," and - under the rules of the Duggar family - unless something extreme and unforeseen happens, courting leads to marriage.

Jill Duggar, Derick Dillard Wedding Pic

It was also not exactly a shock when Jill Duggar got pregnant shortly after the wedding. After all, for the Duggars marriage - and life - are about making babies.

So everything about Jill and Derick's union is exactly as it should be, but there's still one part of the marriage that may surprise some Duggar devotees:

It seems the Dillards took a special kind of vow and are now in a type of marriage that's only legal in three states.

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Tuesday night's emotional, magical 19 Kids and Counting Season 14 Episode 14 saw Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard tie the knot in their native Arkansas.

The installment, fittingly titled "Jill's Wedding," was everything we thought it would be and more as we finally saw the events of June 21 with our own eyes.

To fans of the famous family, 19 Kids and Counting Season 14 Episode 14 was a much-anticipated one because we all know Jill is married and pregnant.

Seeing how she got there, though, makes the behind-the-scenes clips all the more wonderful, and what a way to wrap up the recent run of fall episodes.

The first thing you'll see when you watch 19 Kids and Counting online is a look back at how Jill and Derick’s wedding came together. It was an undertaking!

Jill explains that her wedding theme is “vintage” and “shabby chic,” with an “outdoor” setting on the stage inside that will fit the duo's entire bridal party.

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