Gay rights foes have launched a petition to counter an effort to cancel TLC's reality show 19 Kids and Counting over its stars' opposition to gay rights.

19 Kids and Counting focuses on Christians Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, who live in Tontitown, Arkansas with their 19 children, all of whose names begin with the letter “J.”

Over the summer, Michelle Duggar unsuccessfully lobbied against passage of an LGBT-inclusive anti-discrimination ordinance in Fayetteville, Arkansas. She warned in a robocall that the ordinance would allow men to enter public restrooms and sexually assault women and children. “I don’t believe the citizens of Fayetteville would want males with past child predator convictions that claim they are female to have a legal right to enter private areas that are reserved for women and girls,” Michelle Duggar said. More recently, Jim Bob and Michelle asked “all married couples” on Facebook to share photos of themselves kissing. When same-sex couples responded, most of their images were deleted.

“The Duggars have been using their fame to promote discrimination, hate and fear-mongering against gays and transgender people,” Jim Wissick's petition against the Duggars reads. “You need to take a stand on the side of justice and cancel their show.”

He added that the Duggars are bankrolling an effort to repeal Fayetteville's ordinance.

Wissick's campaign to ditch 19 Kids has led to a counter petition in support of the Duggar family.

A #DefendTheDuggars petition launched by LifeSiteNews has received more than 182,000 signatures as of Monday morning. That's more support than Wissick's petition, which has more than 164,000 signatures.

In calling on supporters to sign the petition, Christian conservative American Family Association (AFA) said that the Duggar family was under attack by “rabid homosexual activists” who have launched a “hate-filled” petition.

“Rabid homosexual activists have made America’s favorite family enemy Number One,” the AFA said in an email to supporters. “The Duggar Family from TLC network’s 19 Kids and Counting has shared their strong Christian faith with millions of families across America for years. They are unashamedly pro-life and Christ-centered. Because of their uncompromising stand on marriage and abstinence, the homosexual lobby has drawn a bully bead on Jim and Michelle Duggar. Gay activists are publicly labeling Jim and Michelle with words like 'ignorance' and 'fear mongering.' In the past week, homosexuals launched a very frightening and fast-growing petition asking TLC to cancel 19 Kids and Counting. Already, their hate-filled petition has gathered 130,000 signatures, thanks to the liberal media’s propaganda machine.”

[UPDATE: Life Site News' Dustin Siggins points out that AFA has its own petition in support of the Duggar family, though an original email linked back to Life Site's petition.]