Gortz Haus Owners to Buy 1,000 anti-gay billboards

Anti-gay billboard paid for by Grotz Haus goes up

By Christopher Oswalt | coswalt@weareiowa.com

Published 08/01 2015 08:55PM

Updated 08/01 2015 09:06PM

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GRIMES - After being told they could not refuse service to gay couples, the owners of The Gortz Haus in Grime have closed for good and have a new mission.

Betty and Dick Odgaard began “God’s Original Design Ministry” as a 501(c)3 organization. The ministry hopes to defend ‘traditional marriage’ by placing 1,000 billboards across the country. The first billboard measures 14 feet by 48 feet and went up in Durant, Oklahoma. It reads “Marriage = One Man + One Woman. Please… I need your help with this. God”.

We hope with the billboards people will have drive time epiphanies and in the privacy of their car they will have time to think about this without anything else coming at them," Betty told Local 5 reporter Chris Oswalt.

There has been an abundance of outrage over the billboards on social media. Better says they aren’t targeting homosexuals but are defending what they say their faith says about marriage.

"To us, marriage is a sacrament and a very important sacrament and over the years it has been defiled."

The Odgaards hope to put a second billboard soon but a location has not been picked.

The billboard in Oklahoma went up just days before The Gortz Haus closed for good on July 31. The Odgaards made the decision to close after a contentious legal battle following the couple’s refusal to allow Lee Stafford and his fiancé Jared Ellars be married at the venue.

That refusal resulted is a $5,000 settlement payout to the same-sex couple. 

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