After the owner of an Indiana pizza parlor said he wouldn’t deliver to a gay wedding, a deluge of harassment forced him to temporarily close, TMZ is reporting.
Memories Pizza, owned by Crystal and Kevin O’Connor, was reportedly the first business in Indiana to declare it would refuse service to the LGBT community under the state’s new religious freedom law.
Apparently, the family’s Christian beliefs would prevent them from catering a same-sex wedding.
“If a gay couple came in and wanted us to provide them pizzas for a wedding, we would have to say no,” Crystal told an Indiana news station, as Talking Points Memo reported.
Immediately after making these comments, the pizza joint started receiving threatening phone calls and social media comments, Kevin told TMZ, which forced him to temporarily shut down.
Kevin says he doesn’t mind if gay people eat at his restaurant — but he doesn’t believe in gay marriage so he can’t have people attending one eating his pies.
Last week, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R) ignited controversy around the country when he signed the Religious Freedom Retaliation Act, which intends to protect his state’s religious residents from behaving against their beliefs, into law.
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