Richard and Betty Odgaard have hosted weddings in a historic stone church for years. But no longer.
The Odgaards, owners of the Gӧrtz Haus Gallery in Grimes, Iowa, are closing down this business.
Richard and Betty were faced with discrimination charges and had to pay a $5,000 settlement for refusing to host a same-sex wedding at their venue.
They state on their website: “The Gӧrtz Haus Gallery has discontinued venue and floral services for weddings thereby enabling us to conduct business according to our conscience without the threat of allegations of discrimination.”
Betty admits that having to discontinue their wedding services is “a crushing blow because that’s a major part of our business and weddings are so absolutely gorgeous in that place.”
However, the Odgaard’s faith remains strong. Despite these difficult circumstances, Betty testifies that their “faith hasn’t changed.”
Please pray for those in our country who are paying heavy prices for obeying God and refusing to compromise their religious beliefs.
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