Gortz Haus owner to speak at Sioux City TFL event

One Generation AwayBy The Iowa Statesman


The Family Leader will host a showing of the documentary “One Generation Away,” a fast-paced film that travels the United States in search of a deeper understanding of the religious freedom clauses in the Constitution’s First Amendment, on Sunday, July 12, in the Yockey Room at the Olson Student Center on the Morningside College campus in Sioux City.

The film looks at the erosion of religious liberty in the U.S., from Hobby Lobby and the Mt. Soledad Cross in San Diego to wedding service providers in the Northwest. It includes leading voices on both sides of the issue.

During the event, which begins at 6 p.m., Betty Odgaard, who owns Gortz Haus in Grimes with her husband Richard, will speak about their personal situation. After refusing to host a gay “wedding” in their establishment, the Mennonite couple was forced to shut down their business to avoid lawsuits and action from the Iowa Human Rights Commission.