At Religious Liberty Rally, Victims Share Their Stories


From The Daily Signal, by Leah Jessen, Aug 2015

DES MOINES, Iowa—Several Americans who have faced threats to their religious liberty united for a rally last week.

“These threats are not imagined. They’re not made up,” Rally organizer Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, said. “These are real people, leading real lives who found themselves facing persecution simply for living out their faith.”

The Odgaards’ Story

Iowa couple Dick and Betty Odgaard, who are Mennonite, told  how they were forced to close their business, the Gortz Haus – a wedding venue located in an historic church.

The wedding venue also served as an art gallery, flower shop, and restaurant. After declining a gay couple’s request to use their venue for their wedding in 2013, the couple became the target for attacks.

Asked why they didn’t host the same-sex wedding, Betty said, “We could not celebrate a sin.”

The Odgaards were…

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