Josiah Duggar is the latest family member to begin courting – and he isn’t following the rules! The Counting On star was caught on camera hugging and possibly kissing his new girlfriend Lauren Swanson despite his family’s strict rules.
The Duggar family visited the Army Museum in Waiouru while in New Zealand for speaking engagements.
In a series of shocking photos, Josiah is caught on camera grabbing his girlfriend by the side of her chest as he helps her get down from a tanker.
Josiah’s hand placement breaks courting rules, as one of the rules is no chest-on-chest contact. Couples are only allowed to express affection through side hugs.
But the public display of affection doesn’t end there, as Lauren leaned her head on her man’s shoulder while sitting on a bench!
Josiah and Lauren then took their love to at Lake Taupo, where they sat close to each other while enjoying the view.
But in one photo, it appears Josiah is kissing Lauren! Locking lips is not allowed until their wedding day.
Josiah and Lauren wouldn’t be the first couple to break courtship rules. Joy-Anna Duggar came under fire when her then-boyfriend Austin Forsyth touched her hand while renovating a home. Couples are not allowed to hold hands until they are engaged. When she accepted his marriage proposal, she gave him a full hug instead of a side hug.
The 21-year-old announced his courtship with Lauren earlier this month. In a video posted to the Duggar Family website, he revealed they had been “friends for a while.”
Josiah explained that they were “learning about each other, with a goal of marriage in mind.”
Josiah previously entered a courtship with Marjorie Jackson. They split after four months of courting.
Perhaps he was too hands-on?
The Duggar family arrived in Australia on January 12 before heading off to New Zealand for more speaking engagements.
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