John David Duggar and Abbie Burnett: We Make Our Own Courtship Rules and That's Just How it is!

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It's been just over a month since the world learned that John David Duggar and Abbie Burnett are engaged.

And in that time, the couple has faced far greater scrutiny than any previous Duggar couple.

The reason for that, of course, is that John David and Abbie break "the courtship rules" so frequently (and openly) that it often seems they're not bound by the same strictures that his siblings were forced to abide by.

And now, the young lovebirds have posted a pic that's being interpreted as proof that they've made their own rules and couldn't care less about Jim Bob's commandments ...

1. The Happy Couple

The Happy Couple
John David began courting much later in life than any of his male siblings, but it looks as though his patience has truly paid off.

2. Wasting No Time

Wasting No Time
He and Abbie moved fast once they found each other, and John David popped the question after just a few weeks of dating.

3. Hands On

Hands On
From the start of their relationship, John David and Abbie appeared to be less skittish about physical contact than their predecessors.

4. Bold Move

Bold Move
In fact, they rather brazenly violated his family's arcane rules about premarital physical contact.

5. The Rules

The Rules
If you're a fan of the Duggar clan, then you're probably already aware that Jim Bob and Michelle's offspring are forbidden to engage just about any form of physical contact prior to marriage.

6. The Origins

The Origins
Many of the rules prohibiting "front-hugs" and dictating how long unmarried couples are permitted to hold hands are culled from the teachings of the Duggars' church, but others were invented by Jim Bob and Michelle themselves.

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