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Betty Ann & Richard Odgaard v. Iowa Civil Rights Commission et al.

Case #: CVCV046451
Court Level: N/A - State Commission
Date Filed: 7 October 2013
Date of Appeal: 1 May 2014


  • 7 October 2013, Betty Ann & Richard Odgaard, bistro owners, sued IA, claiming that: (1) their religious beliefs compel them to discriminate against same-gender couples, (2) the IA anti-discrimination law violates their religious beliefs by forbidding discrimination, and (3) their bistro business qualifies as a religious institution. (They are Mennonites.)

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