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An online boycott has now been launched against the business.
(Sources: local news and the Huffington Post.) ■ Gortz Haus, Iowa: After refusing to host a gay wedding (reported in August), Betty Odgaard, the owner of the business, received threatening calls and e-mails and now must contend with a complaint the couple has filed with the state civil rights commission.
“The Bible tells us to flee from sin,” his wife and business namesake, Melissa Klein told a Fox News columnist recently. Protests, boycotts, and a storm of media attention—much of it negative—ensued. Then, activists broadened the boycott: any wedding vendor that did business with Sweet Cakes would be targeted.
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When religious-right leaders prophesy negative consequences from gay marriage, they are often seen as overwrought.
One of the women had filed a complaint with the state Human Rights Commission, which ruled against the photographers in 2008, prompting an appeals process that led to the high court decision. (Sources: press releases and news reports including the Catholic News Agency and the Santa Fe New Mexican.
The case is discussed further below.) ■ Arlene’s Flowers, Washington: A florist refused to provide flowers to a gay wedding last March and now owner Baronelle Stutzman is facing a lawsuit from the state Attorney General.