An Iowa-based gay couple is crying foul after being turned away by a local wedding venue's owners, who cited their religious beliefs in rejecting the two men.
Lee Stafford told KCCI 8 News he and his fiance Jared toured the Gortz Haus in Grimes ahead of their forthcoming nuptials. Once owners Dick and Betty Odgaard found out that Stafford was planning a same-sex wedding, however, they quickly opted out.
"At the end of the tour, he asked us if this was going to be for a gay wedding and I said, 'Yes it is.' He said, 'I can't take your money and I don't do things for free,'" Stafford recalled.
In an interview, Betty Odgaard defended her decision to turn away the couple, saying it came from "our faith, our convictions."