(WTXF) -- Owners of an Iowa wedding venue who previously refused to host a same-sex couple’s wedding are taking their discrimination nationwide, the Huffington Post reports.
According to an article posted on Huffington Post Monday, Richard and Betty Odgaard, who have owned and operated the Görtz Haus in Grimes, Iowa for 13 years, have established a charity called God’s Original Design Ministry. The charity’s goal is to “advance Christian teachings, Biblical ordinances and natural laws as God intended”, according to its website.
As a part of the charity, the Odgaards are planning to put up 1,000 anti-gay marriage billboards across the U.S., the first of which was reportedly put up outside of Durant, Oklahoma last month.
An image of the billboard was posted on the group’s Facebook page.
The post also indicated that the Odgaards hope they will be able to raise enough money for 999 additional billboards across the county. So far, a FundMe America fundraiser has generated only $153.
“I think if people in Iowa would have had a chance to vote on this, it would have never have been this way. People in Iowa are pretty conservative,” Betty told the Daily Signal. Richard added: “This was all administrative judgment. The [gay couple] had a platform to file their case and we didn’t get our day in court with a jury of our peers.”
In June, the Odgaards announced they would shutter the Görtz Haus, after refusing to allow Lee Stafford and Jared Ellers to be married at the venue.
According to the HuffPost article, the establishment that once hosted 15 to 25 weddings a year suffered a significant financial loss after having to agree to a $5,000 settlement to the couple that filed a discrimination complaint. The complaint by Stafford and Ellers also resulted in two heterosexual couples canceling their wedding plans at the venue once the case hit the news.