WALKERTON, Ind. (PIX11) — An Indiana family that owns a pizza shop says they support the state’s new “religious freedom” law and will deny service to same-sex couples that may ask them to cater their weddings.
Crystal O’Connor of Memories Pizza told WBND-TV that they would deny catering a same-sex or non-Christian couple’s wedding.
“If a gay couple came in and wanted us to provide pizzas for their wedding, we would have to say no,” O’Connor told WNBD.O’Connor says the business reflects her family’s Christian beliefs and they agree with Indiana’s new Religious Freedom Restoration Act. The law prohibits state and local laws that “substantially burden” the ability of people to follow their religious beliefs.
The family says they would never deny service at the restaurant to a same-sex couple or couple of another religion.
Since the story broke about the Memories Pizza, the Internet has taken over the pizzeria’s Yelp account. As of Wednesday afternoon, Memories Pizza now has 1,069 reviews, 1.5 stars and 27 pages of comments. Comments
“I think it is deplorable that you, a public business, feel the need to push your “religious beliefs” upon others,” said Yelp user Chris B. “This atrocious decision to deny people from dining in your establishment simply based on who they love is counter intuitive to the very fundamentals our country was founded on. How dare you.”
“I applaud the owners of this restaurant for standing up for their religious beliefs,” said Curt H.
A Facebook group titled “Boycott Memories Pizza” has over 2,000 members protesting the pizzeria.
Supporters say the new law seeks to prevent the government from forcing people and businesses such as catering and photography for same-sex weddings and events that they object due to religion. But opponents say the bill legalizes discrimination against gay people.
Businesses and politicians around the country are taking a stance against the bill.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo placed a ban on non-essential, state-funded travel to Indiana on Tuesday. Cuomo said it shows that the state stands with “our LGBT family members, friends and colleagues.”
Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy signed a similar bill on Monday.