Phil Robertson, the "Duck Dynasty" star who A&E suspended over his recently published comments about homosexuality, gave Kay, his wife, a wedding ring for Christmas after being married for nearly half a century.
Sadie Robertson, Phil and Kay's granddaughter, posted a picture of the couple posing with the ring to her Twitter account on Christmas Day.
"After 50 years of marriage Papaw Phil finally gave Mamaw Kay a wedding ring for Christmas," she tweeted.
The couple, who married in 1966, according to Yahoo! TV, has been open about their early struggles as a family as well as the role their Christian faith played in eventually bringing them back together.
Earlier this year, Kay Robertson told CBN's "700 Club" that for 10 years the family struggled while Phil lived a lifestyle packed with drinking and fighting. He kicked her and their three sons out of the family's home, but even after he did so Miss Kay, as she's known to "Duck Dynasty" viewers, prayed that her husband would be saved.
One year after Miss Kay became a Christian, Phil also gave his life to Christ. He gave up drinking, moved back to his home state of Louisiana with his family and began building his duck call business while working as a commercial fisherman.
"My life was spiraling out of control in a hurry," Phil told "700 Club" at the time. "It's literally what Jesus said, 'from darkness to light.'"
A&E suspended Phil indefinitely after comments he made about homosexuality were published by GQ magazine last week. He told the magazine homosexuality, among other things, is sinful. He also said his responsibility is not to judge people but rather to love them and share the gospel with them, regardless of their lifestyle.
Many people are outraged that Robertson was disciplined by the network for sharing his beliefs, which are widely held by many Christians, and his supporters are finding ways to protest his suspension.
Faith Driven Consumer started a petition, for example, that says its signers will stop watching A&E if the network does note reinstate Robertson and offer a formal apology. More than 254,000 people have signed the petition as of Friday afternoon.
Taking a different approach, Faith2Action and Vision America teamed up to allow protesters to send postcards and rubber ducks to Nancy Dubuc, president and CEO of A&E Networks, through MailTheDuck.com. The postcards and messages included with the ducks also decry Robertson's suspension and demand that it be lifted.
"Thousands of ducks will soon be delivered to A&E," said Janet Porter, president of Faith2Action, in a statement. "People from every state are standing up for freedom of speech and that makes me happy, happy, happy."