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. In Decemeber of last year, Betty and Richard Odgaard agreed on a settlement based on a lawsuit filed by a gay couple wanting to get married at the historic church turned bistro and art gallery. However, the Odgaards would not agree to welcome the unity of same-sex marriages at their venue. As a result, they chose to no longer entertain weddings for all couples.