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A petition telling TLC to keep the Duggars on the air earned over 50,000 signatures in less than 24 hours.

Update Nov. 21 7:00 p.m.: The LifeSiteNews petition has continued to grow quickly with nearly 90,000 signers by 7:00 p.m.

A petition launched by LifeSiteNews responding to a media campaign by gay activists to pressure TLC to cancel the Duggar family's highly popular TV show “19 Kids and Counting” has earned over 53,000 signatures in less than 24 hours, and is growing fast.

At the same time, a Tweetfest supporting the Duggars is scheduled to begin at noon today, using the hashtag #DefendtheDuggars. (Click here to find out more about the Tweetfest.)

LifeSiteNews' petition responds to a separate petition against the Duggars launched on Change.org, that in particular criticizes Michelle Duggar for opposing a “transgender” bill in Fayetteville and demands that TLC yank the Duggars from the air.

That petition has earned over 125,000 signatures since it was launched on Aug. 20. It received a significant boost this week after leading mainstream news outlets, including the Huffington Post and E!, highlighted the petition effort.

But while growth on the Change.org petition has slowed down in the past day, the petition in support of the Duggars is gaining steam, fast. 

Click here to sign the petition.

LifeSiteNews' petition also has big name stars backing it, including the Benham Brothers, whose own reality TV show on HGTV was canceled after gay activists launched a campaign highlighting their traditional Christian views, and social media star and former Fox News contributer Steven Crowder. 

The Benham Brothers have condemned the effort to remove the Duggars as being part of “the same intolerant agenda that attacked our family.”

That agenda “is now demonizing one of the most wholesome families in America,” said the brothers. “The Duggars have always been an example of Christian love for each other and society. It’s time for Americans to stand with them against this latest manifestation of anti-Christian bullying.”

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