Iowa business defends denial of same-sex wedding
GRIMES (AP) — The owners of a private event venue have filed a lawsuit against the Iowa Civil Rights Commission, claiming that any attempt by the commission to force the couple behind the business to host a same-sex wedding violates their religious beliefs.
Betty and Richard Odgaard filed the suit Monday in connection with their decision in August to deny a same-sex couple from holding their wedding at the Görtz Haus Gallery in Grimes. The Mennonite owners said the wedding violated their religious beliefs, The Des Moines Register reported.
The couple said if they’re forced to host such events, it would be a violation of the Iowa Civil Rights Act.
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