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Weddings Are No Longer an Option at Gortz Haus Due to Controversial Lawsuit

GRIMES, Iowa — After a controversial lawsuit, the owners of Gortz Haus will no longer host weddings at their venue.

“We are definitely making a sacrifice for our convictions. It affects the value of our business,” says Richard Odegaard.

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We are better than Westboro Baptist Church

One Iowa has not organized any kind of counter protest around Westboro Baptist Church coming to Des Moines today. One Iowa supports students and others targeted by the WBC, while we urge them to simply ignore the derogatory actions of this group. From many years of experience, we know that the more attention we pay to the hurtful theatrics from groups like Westboro Baptist Church, we just add fuel to their fire. They thrive off of attention and publicity, and One Iowa will not give them the satisfaction.

We’re especially disappointed that Westboro Baptist Church is going to be protesting at East High School, which is a school we’ve worked with through our Iowa Pride Network program. Having communicated with East High’s Gay Straight Alliance, we know there are concerns about the harmful and egregious statements that Westboro Baptist Church protesters will make. We hope that the message is clear: this is an intolerant group that is anti-LGBT, anti-Semitic, anti-Catholic, anti-military—nearly anti-everything.

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