Businesses Being Targeted for Destruction for Refusing to Serve Gay Weddings
It seems that there is no room these days for anyone, including independent business owners, to believe that marriage is between one man and one woman. Now, if you don’t think that being gay is ok for marriage, then you’re likely going to be typecast as a bigot and have your company ruined or your reputation thrown in the trash.
TheNewAmerican.com writes about this frustration, noting that many legitimate businesses are being ruined because they are not interested in buying into gay marriage. Many of them are being penalized for not serving gay weddings.
Dick and Betty Odgaard are owners of the popular Görtz Haus, an art gallery and bistro located in a stately old former Lutheran church in Grimes, Iowa. In early August the homosexual men approached the Odgaards about holding their marriage ceremony at the Görtz Haus after the hotel the couple had originally scheduled for the event went out of business.
However, the Odgaards, who are Mennonite Christians, politely declined, explaining to the men that their religious convictions would not allow them to hold the homosexual ritual in their facility. “To us, marriage is a sacrament that exists only between a man and a woman,” said Betty Odgaard. She emphasized to Des Moines’ KCCI Channel 8 news that their decision did not come from “an angry place,” but was based “on our religious beliefs. We want to honor that. We want people to know that is our stand that comes from our faith, our convictions. I think we should just stand by that no matter what.”
After the incident took place, the gay men filed a complaint against the company with the Iowa Civil Rights Commission. A civil rights group for gays and lesbians is now accusing the business owners of being discriminatory, stating that they are in violation of the Iowa Civil Rights Act.
One Iowa spokesperson Donna Red Wing said that her group “respects and appreciates that Mr. and Mrs. Odgaard are Iowans with deeply held religious beliefs and convictions. At the same time, we need to separate our respect for the Odgaards’ religious beliefs from the Iowa civil rights code. While religious institutions are protected by religious freedoms, it’s important to note that the Görtz Haus is a public venue. It cannot be confused with a religious institution. The Odgaards provide a service to the public that must accommodate all Iowans, including [homosexuals].”
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