Christian Couple Wants to Put 1,000 Anti-Gay Billboards Around the Country

by EDGE

EDGE Media Network Contributor

Monday August 3, 2015

An anti-gay billboard may be coming to a highway near you.

A Christian couple from Iowa who closed down their wedding business so they would not have to cater to same-sex couples said they now plan on littering the country by putting up 1,000 anti-gay marriage billboards, Yahoo News reports.

The couple, Betty and Richard Odgaard, and their company GŲrtz Haus Gallery came under fire in 2013 after they refused to host a same-sex couple's wedding, citing their religious beliefs. The Odgaards ended up closing their business after losing a lawsuit and suffering a boycott.

After shutting down, the couple launched a nonprofit group called God's Original Design Ministry. As Yahoo News points out, the group is listed as a 501(c)(3) organization, which means it doesn't have to pay taxes on money it collects.

The Ogaards' billboards, which will be fully funded by donations, will "give a voice to the 'silent majority'" -- those who do not support same-sex marriage, according to the couple's website. Their mission is to "restore the Bible definition of marriage in our society."

The couple's first billboard was erected in Oklahoma.

"Billboard #1 went up July 24, 2015!! It's a 14'x48' lighted beauty located on US 69/75 greeting north bound traffic 5 miles south of Durant, OK." the organization's Facebook page.

"This billboard is funded 100% by the your generous donations. One down and 999 to go for 1,000 points of light. Thank you and God bless!"

Though they claim they're speaking up for the minority, the couple hasn't received the warmest support on their Facebook page.

"Why would the all-powerful creator of the universe need our 'help' on anything? This fairy tale needs to go away along with every single other religion in the world," one user wrote.

"So you're spending your money to try to prevent your fellow citizens from pursuing their version of happiness," another added. "It seems to me that god needs help in other areas that are much more important. Like curing cancer. Or addressing poverty. Or, well, the list could go on and on. Slime like you will never put god to the test with any REAL problems humans face because you know if you prayed to him to cure cancer, or alleviate poverty, youd be met by stony silence, proof the god doesn't exist or doesn't care about the things that cause humans true pain."

As Gay Star News points out, the Odgaards recently appeared in a campaign video for 2016 GOP presidential hopeful Ted Cruz, where they claim they were "forced" to close their wedding business because of their religious beliefs after denying service to a gay couple.

The Odgaards were fined $5,000 after refusing to follow Iowa's anti-discrimination law. The couple soon decided to stop hosting all weddings, which led to a loss in profits and closing the business for good in August.