Josiah Duggar, Marjorie Jackson: '19 Kids and Counting' Courting Couple Calls It Quits

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Josiah Duggar and Marjorie Jackson have called it quits. The former 19 Kids and Counting star and his courting companion are courting no more.

In the 19 Kids and Counting family, there is no dating. Instead, the young adults enter into courtships, where they seek God's--and their parents--guidance for a suitable husband or wife.

Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar announced the end of Josiah Duggar and Marjorie Jackson's courtship via a statement to ABC News.

“Both Josiah and Marjorie have enjoyed getting to know each other and to build their friendship over the past months,” the statement reads. “We are so grateful that they each are seeking the Lord’s will for their future. A few weeks ago Marjorie and Josiah agreed to end their courtship, keeping in step with what they believe the Lord’s will is. Both are thankful for the time getting to know each other, and their families continue to enjoy each other’s company and close friendship.”

The entire Duggar family has come under great scrutiny in light of Josh Duggar's recent sexual molestation scandal. Josh admitted a few months back to sexually molesting five underage girls when he was a teenager. Four of those girls are his sisters. Jessa Duggar Seewald and Jill Duggar Dillard claimed on national TV that they wouldn't have even known of the molestations if their parents Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar hadn't explained things to them after the fact.

TLC canceled 19 Kids and Counting because of the Josh Duggar sexual molestation scandal, and many people are pointing fingers at the Duggar parents, saying they tried to sweep the entire incident under the rug.

Do you suppose Josiah Duggar's courtship with Marjorie Jackson suffered as a result of the scandal?

Josiah Duggar and Marjorie Jackson knew one another for quite some time before starting their courtship. The two families are said to be friends.

Might the friendships between the Duggar and Jackson families have suffered in light of the recent bad press about the family?

Could Marjorie Jackson's family have asked her to end her courtship with Josiah Duggar?

Kimberly Ripley
Kimberly Ripley is a freelance writer and published author from Portsmouth, New Hampshire. A wife, mom of five and 'Nana' to Lilly and Aiden, she loves cooking for her big family and watching HGTV in her spare time. Kim is guilty of starting way more home design projects than she can finish. Visit her at Twitter and Facebook.