Iowa couple turned away from Gortz Haus wedding facility because they are gay

  • metta

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    Aug 08, 2013 12:46 AM GMT
    Iowa couple turned away from wedding facility because they are gay



    http://www.lgbtqnation.com/2013/08/iowa-couple-turned-away-from-wedding-facility-because-they-are-gay/


    https://www.facebook.com/TheGortzHaus
  • metta

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    Aug 08, 2013 7:25 PM GMT
    Yelp Page

    http://www.yelp.com/biz/gortz-haus-gallery-grimes
  • metta

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    Aug 08, 2013 7:29 PM GMT
    On their fb page,

    In responce, Bethany donated money to One Iowa, an organization working for equality for LGBT. http://oneiowa.org/

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    She posted it and a friend of the Odgaard family called her employer to complain.

    "Katherine is a friend of the Odgaard family. Yesterday Katherine took it upon herself to call my employer and complain about my posts."


    It sounds like everyone knows everyone else in Iowa.
  • metta

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    Aug 08, 2013 8:53 PM GMT
    Iowa Venue Refuses to Host Gay Wedding

    Despite the state's marriage equality and antidiscrimination laws, the Mennonite owners of The Gortz Haus say they have the right to refuse service to gay couples based on their religious beliefs.

    http://www.advocate.com/politics/religion/2013/08/08/iowa-venue-refuses-host-gay-wedding
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    Aug 11, 2013 4:27 PM GMT
    Thanks for posting the yelp page.
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    Aug 11, 2013 4:37 PM GMT
    [quote][cite]metta8 said[/cite]Iowa Venue Refuses to Host Gay Wedding

    Despite the state's marriage equality and antidiscrimination laws, the Mennonite owners of The Gortz Haus say they have the right to refuse service to gay couples based on their religious beliefs.

    http://www.advocate.com/politics/religion/2013/08/08/iowa-venue-refuses-host-gay-wedding[

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    The mennonite faith takes a dim view of capitalism and ownership of property. As well, on their home page they mention absolutely nothing about it being a faith based business, so they have no justifiable argument about religious belief being practiced in their business. I imagine they have also screened all buyers of their merchandise in their shops and refused their money as well, if those buyers were gay. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Aug 11, 2013 4:38 PM GMT
    All I can say is they are stupid.. What business owner would turn away the opportunity to increase their business.
    The potential income for this market is insane, quite possibly more beneficial than a straight wedding.
    Oh well, move on, stop dwelling on it, cause I don't like being around stupid people anyway.
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    Aug 11, 2013 4:41 PM GMT
    With regards to a business decision, the owners are fucktarded.
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    Aug 11, 2013 4:49 PM GMT
    So glad they are feeling the heat for their biased behavior. They can talk about their "religious convictions and beliefs" all they want, but their business will suffer. Today, even moderates view this kind of behavior as negative and they will reap their reward (and they'll know it).
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    Aug 11, 2013 4:58 PM GMT
    meh.

    They have every right to refuse them if they want. Let gays be gays and menonites be menonites.
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    Aug 11, 2013 5:28 PM GMT
    Dekiruman saidmeh.

    They have every right to refuse them if they want. Let gays be gays and menonites be menonites.

    Provided the Mennonites aren't running a business of public accommodation that must comply with Federal & State laws & regulations, and must be licensed to conduct such an operation. According to you their business doesn't have to comply with fire safety regulations, and numerous health & sanitation codes if their God tells them they don't, right?
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    Aug 11, 2013 5:29 PM GMT
    The lady is breaking the law. Aside from that, I looked at the newscast photos of the inside of her place and wouldn't want any kind of wedding there. Look it it. Plastic tablecloths, cheap chairs & little square card tables, dime-store salt & pepper shakers with little condiments wrapped in paper on each table - - honest to God, it looked like a Walmart diner. Forget it. No wedding or reception of anybody I know would be held in such a bland place. The place truly reflects the style of the lady interviewed. Who would want their special day held in a venue owned by this kind of hateful woman? What kind of start to your new lives together would that be? Even if the little town sheriff ordered the lady to let you hold the wedding there, would you want to? C'mon guys. There's got to be a better place for your wedding day. There just HAS to be. Even in small town Iowa.
  • metta

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    Aug 19, 2013 3:59 AM GMT
    Why Our Straight Wedding Just Got Political

    "It is our lifetime conviction that all people are created equal, and it is our belief that good people subscribe to the "golden rule" that has resulted in our decision to withdraw our reservation to hold our wedding reception at the Görtz Haus Gallery in Grimes, Iowa, on Sept. 7, 2013."



    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/sarah-hankelhoffman/why-our-straight-wedding-just-got-political_b_3764917.html


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