Duggar Family: Worried Joy-Anna is Too Young For Marriage?!

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Over Memorial Day weekend, Joy-Anna Duggar married Austin Forsyth, and of course, the occasion was captured by a TLC camera crew.

At this point, if you're starting to get feeling that all these Duggar wedding specials are beginning to blend together ... you aren't alone.

Joy-Anna and Austin Embrace

After all, four Duggar women have gotten married in the past three years, a crazy feat even for a family with 19 siblings.

Moreover, the courtships leading up to those Duggar wedding events seem to be getting shorter and shorter each time.

But Joy-Anna is different from her sisters in that she's considerably younger than they were when they tied the knot.

Joy is just 19 years old.

Her husband is 24, and there's been considerable debate among Duggar fans - and family members - on that very subject.

A five-year age gap may not seem problematic among adults, but even Austin is on the young adult side of adult. Joy?

Joy-Anna Duggar Wedding Photo

Put another way, if Joy and Austin were, say, 25 and 30, no one is likely having this conversation about them at the present time.

There's generally a big difference in maturity level between 19 year olds and 24 year olds, however, and even her sisters know it.

Apparently it's not just fans who fear that Joy might have entered into courtship, engagement and marriage a bit hastily.

In an episode filmed when Joy and Austin were still in the courtship stage, older sister Jessa Duggar acknowledged this possibility.

"Joy is 19, so she's the youngest one of all of us girls so far to be in a courtship," she said, "and now on the edge of an engagement."

Jessa does note that this relationship is also different.

Joy-Anna and Austin at the Altar

"I think it's sort of young, but she's very mature for her age and they've known each other for a long time," Jessa added.

"So I think she and Austin are ready for this next step whenever it comes about," she said, and we all hope she's right.

Viewers have pointed out that Austin seemed particularly nervous while asking for Jim Bob's permission to marry Joy.

On one hand, how could he not be. On the other, he seemed especially uncomfortable asking ... and Jim Bon's response?

The Duggar patriarch seemed deliberate over the decision longer than he did in considering similar questions in the past.

Compared to his other future sons-in-law's requests for his daughters' hand, JBD didn't seem that thrilled about this one.

Joy and Austin Before Their Wedding

The reason could be that Joy is not yet out of her teens, and even in the Duggar family, that's extremely young to walk down the aisle.

Of course, if Joy did mistakenly rush to the altar, it's not as though anyone will ever know about it or that it will change much in the end.

Divorce is strictly forbidden by the Duggars' religious beliefs and the Quiverfull movement, and it's virtually unheard-of in their community.

So for better or worse, Joy-Anna will almost certainly be sticking with the decision she made in her teens for the rest of her days on Earth.

She seems happy so far at least ... right?

As always, you can follow the link to watch Counting On online and relive Joy and Austin's brief courtship and road to the altar.

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