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Iowa couple plans to buy 1,000 billboards denouncing same-sex marriage

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GRIMES, Iowa — A Mennonite couple in Iowa is planning to buy 1,000 billboards to denounce same-sex marriage, according to the Des Moines Register.

Betty and Richard Odgaard decided to promote their religious beliefs on billboards after a couple sued them for refusing to host a same-sex wedding at their restaurant.

The Odgaards decided to stop hosting weddings at their venue, the Gortz Haus Gallery, after a settlement was reached.

Then, the couple decided to close the restaurant, which hosted 15 to 20 weddings annually, and founded a nonprofit organization called God’s Original Design Ministry.

According to the ministry’s website, it aims to, “advance Christian teachings, Biblical ordinances and natural laws as God intended.”

Now, the Odgaards plan to use donations made to the group to place controversial billboards across the U.S.

They posted a photo of the first billboard on the ministry’s Facebook page with a caption that read:

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.

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!

Just a few weeks after releasing a video in support of the couple, 2016 GOP presidential hopeful, Ted Cruz, named the Ogaards as part of his Iowa team on Tuesday, according to Mashable.