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This Pizzeria Is the First Indiana Business That Will Not Cater Gay Weddings

This Pizzeria Is the First Indiana Business That Will Not Cater Gay Weddings


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The Religious Freedom Restoration Act, recently passed in Indiana, may spell trouble for the LGBT community

Discrimination? Memories Pizza’s owners believe they are simply exercising their right to freedom of religion.

Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which expansively protects religious freedoms and allows businesses or corporations to claim violation of religious freedom in response to a court ruling or mandate, has so shocked the nation that several states, including New York and Connecticut, have cut off all non-mandatory official business to the state. Several businesses and public figures, like Apple and comedian Nick Offerman, are boycotting the state (Offerman canceled his comedy tour in Indiana) out of concern that the bill would allow for discrimination against the LGBT community. Mike Pence, the governor of Indiana, has maintained that the bill will not allow businesses to discriminate against anyone in any shape or form.

Despite this assurance, Memories Pizza in Walkerton, Indiana, became the first business in the state to publically claim that they will not service gay weddings, according to ABC. LGBT folks of Walkerton, if you’re thinking of having pizza at your nuptials, you may be out of luck (or will have to take your business elsewhere).

“If a gay couple came in and wanted us to provide pizzas for their wedding, we would have to say no,” co-owner Crystal O'Connor told ABC. “We're not discriminating against anyone, that's just our belief and anyone has the right to believe in anything.”

The O’Connor family went on to tell ABC that they believe they are not discriminating against anyone, as Crystal O’Connor said, “Why should I be beat over the head to go along with something they choose?” According to Governor Pence, the law will not allow discrimination against any group, so will the O’Connor family’s clientele preference be honored in state court? The jury is still out.


Indiana pizzeria closes after refusal to cater gay weddings sparks outcry, threats

Crystal Oɼonnor at Memories Pizza in Walkerton, Indiana.

The little pizza shop in Indiana that became the first business to publicly refuse to cater gay weddings under the state's new Religious Freedom Reformation Act has closed its doors.

Memories Pizza faced a storm of backlash after a local ABC affiliate aired an interview in which Crystal Oɼonnor, daughter of owner Kevin Oɼonnor, said the Walkerton business would not cater a gay wedding.

"If a gay couple came in and wanted us to provide pizzas for their wedding, we would have to say no," Crystal said, adding, "We are a Christian establishment. We're not discriminating against anyone, that's just our belief and anyone has the right to believe in anything."

The interview quickly went viral, and the Oɼonnor family became subjected to a harsh reaction online, Cleveland.com reported. Thousands attacked the store on its Facebook page, now removed, and its Yelp! rating plummeted.

People called Memories Pizza to attack the restaurant over the phone, and the business even received some threats of violence.

"Who's going to Walkerton, IN to burn down #memoriespizza w me?" wrote one Twitter user.

Kevin told TMZ his business was temporarily closing in hopes that the furor would die down, but UPI reported that the family fears it will never reopen.

Crystal said her family is considering leaving the state.

There have been no reports of Memories actually denying service to anyone. The family specifically said theyɽ have no problems with serving a gay customer in their restaurant, and Kevin told The Los Angeles Times that he thought his family's stance had been misconstrued:

It hasn't been all bad news for Memories, though. Supporters of the business have turned out in droves to help out, raising more than $70,000 on a GoFundMe page called "Support Memories Pizza," and donations are still pouring in.

Watch the original interview with Crystal Oɼonnor, and leave a comment below.


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Indiana pizza shop that refused to cater gay weddings closes, years after GoFundMe to save it

Memories Pizza in Walkerton, Indiana has shuttered its doors for good, years after controversy over their refusal to cater gay weddings.

The shop shut down temporarily in 2015 after facing backlash from an interview with owner Kevin O'Connor, who told a local television station that while gays are welcome in his restaurant, he would not cater a gay wedding due to his Christian beliefs.

Mainstream media picked up the story and social media lit up with views from all sides.

Police stepped up patrols around the business and asked the St. Joseph County prosecutor to investigate after a local women tweeted: "Who's going to Walkerton with me to burn down Memories Pizza."

O'Connor closed down his business for eight days following the incident in 2015, and then reopened saying he hadn't changed his stance, stating, "I'd do the same thing again. It's my belief. It's our belief. It's what we grew up on. I'm just sorry it comes to this because neither one of us dislike any of those people. I don't hold any grudges."

In response, former TheBlaze TV host Dana Loesch helped launch a GoFundMe page with contributor Lawrence Billy Joness III to save the business, raising over $840,000. After the launching the fundraiser, Jones described the reaction he received: "Death threats. Attacks on my family. Then you go through the whole thing about being a black conservative."

Jones said the fund even received donations from LGBT supporters, adding, "A lot of people in the gay community are upset, but then there are a lot of people in the gay community who gave to this cause of freedom."

But Indiana's South Bend Tribune reported on Monday that Memories Pizza has a sign in its window saying that it closed last month. Reporters have been unable to reach the O'Connor family for comment.

Several US small businesses have faced high-profile complaints in recent years for refusing to provide services for same-sex marriages citing religious beliefs, with some shutting their doors to avoid further controversy or fines.

This year, the Supreme Court is expected to rule on a case in which a Colorado baker refused to sign a wedding cake for a same-sex couple.


Anti-Gay Pizzeria That Refused To Cater Gay Weddings Just Accidentally Catered One!

Remember that Indiana pizzeria that refused to serve same-sex couples at their weddings citing Indiana’s controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act as their defense?

Well, turns out Memories Pizza just unwittingly catered its first same-sex wedding without even knowing it!

Robin Trevino and Jason Delgatto, who first exchanged vows in Illinois in 2008 and secured a marriage license in Iowa the following year, chose to renew their vows this month to commemorate the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges.

Trevino, who belongs to a gay comedy troupe, drove to the Walkerton, Ind., pizza parlor and ordered two pies, which the couple served to their guests following their vow renewal ceremony.

“For the reception, Memories Pizza will be catering our gay wedding,” he says in the video capturing his journey. “They have no idea this is going to happen, but it’s happening.”

“Though I doubt my actions will have any impact on their belief system, at the very least, I hope this puts a human face to the people they discriminate against,” he told The Huffington Post. “I’m not going to pretend that this was not done out of spite, but this also gives them an opportunity to see my happy family sharing a beautiful moment together.”

Trevino also defended his decision to do business with the anti-gay pizzeria.

“There has been some criticism that I gave them money and more attention,” he wrote. “I was there on a random day, and they still get plenty of attention. There was a couple, during my 20 minute experience inside Memories Pizza, that were praising Crystal O’Connor for her beliefs. They assured her they only came because they saw her on the news. They asked if she signs a lot of autographs, and she confirmed that she does. It was worth the $27 I gave them to make a statement, and to break their winning streak.”

Trevino captured the entire journey on video, which you can check out below:


Homophobic pizzeria Memories Pizza just catered gay wedding for Jason Delgatto and Robin Trevino

THE owners of a pizzeria declared they would never cater a gay wedding because that would be against their beliefs. So, how did this happen?

Eating out . Robin Trevino and Jason Delgatto enjoy their Memories Pizza. Picture: Supplied Source:Supplied

In March this year, the owners of Memories Pizza in the US state of Indiana announced they would not cater gay weddings, because that would go against their beliefs.

Crystal O𠆜onnor and her father, Kevin said if a gay couple or a couple belonging to another religion came into the restaurant to eat, they would never deny them service. However, they didn’t agree with gay marriage and would refuse to cater for such a wedding.

The comments sparked a firestorm of criticism and Memories Pizza was forced to close its doors temporarily. However, a GoFundMe campaign helped raise a whopping $842,387 to help the business reopen its doors.

When Robin Trevino and his husband Jason Delgatto decided to renew their vows, they thought pizza would be a great way to feed their guests and prove a point at the same time.

Memorable order . Crystal O’Connor said her pizzeria would not cater gay weddings. Picture: Supplied Source:Supplied

Mr Trevino filmed himself trying to act “straight and confident” as he walked into Memories Pizza to put in the wedding order.

In the video, he is served by none other than Crystal O𠆜onnor, who appears friendly and takes his order.

Happy couple . Robin Trevino and Jason Delgatto deliver their gotcha message. Picture: Supplied Source:Supplied

At the wedding, the couple’s guests are delighted by the tomfoolery.

“You’ve broken your cherry and catered your first gay wedding. Congratulations,” one guest told Memories Pizza on camera.

Trevino is part of a comedy group called GayCo Emsemble, which has produced a webseries called 50 States of Gay, celebrating the Supreme Court’s ruling that legalised gay marriage in all 50 states.


After Indiana Pizzeria Said They Wouldn’t Cater Gay Weddings, the Backlash Was So Extreme

I hope that the pizza place goes broke and the people who are against homosexuals have to end up working for them.

Bigotry and discrimination have no place in the land of the free.

Why can't we allow people to be free to be who they are?

Sorry. but you can't catch gay. You're either born that way or not.

PaintMyHouse

Diamond Member

I hope that the pizza place goes broke and the people who are against homosexuals have to end up working for them.

Bigotry and discrimination have no place in the land of the free.

Why can't we allow people to be free to be who they are?

Sorry. but you can't catch gay. You're either born that way or not.

Where_r_my_Keys

Gold Member

I hope that the pizza place goes broke and the people who are against homosexuals have to end up working for them.

Bigotry and discrimination have no place in the land of the free.

Why can't we allow people to be free to be who they are?

Sorry. but you can't catch gay. You're either born that way or not.

So, you fight what you belive to be bigotry with your own version of bigotry.

In case you missed it, this pizzeria was not preventing anyone from being who they wanted to be. They simply do not wish to participate.

Why is it you think that YOU"RE ilk can have values but others cannot.

So, you're advising the Reader, that 'the boycott against Indiana' is now 'successful'?

LOL! Deceit, FRAUD and Ignorance. the triumvirate of Leftist reasoning (The Mental Disorder that present Sexual Abnormality)

Now, compare the zero dollars that Indiana has lost to the would-be "Boy-cot", to the last time the Left BOYCOTTED a business. which produced "THE LARGEST SPIKE IN SALES EVER WITNESSED BY THAT INDUSTRY. .

Clearly the mental disorder that presents with Sexual Abnormality has some bearing on the means to perceive reality. (Which as I've pointed out MANY TIMES, is D E L U S I O N . . . .)

Where_r_my_Keys

Gold Member

I hope that the pizza place goes broke and the people who are against homosexuals have to end up working for them.

Bigotry and discrimination have no place in the land of the free.

Why can't we allow people to be free to be who they are?

Sorry. but you can't catch gay. You're either born that way or not.

PaintMyHouse

Diamond Member

I hope that the pizza place goes broke and the people who are against homosexuals have to end up working for them.

Bigotry and discrimination have no place in the land of the free.

Why can't we allow people to be free to be who they are?

Sorry. but you can't catch gay. You're either born that way or not.

Where_r_my_Keys

Gold Member

Well the Tea Party is an advocacy which promotes the recognition and defense of, respect for and adherence to the principles that define America. you reject those principles, ergo: where contesting equates to having a cow, you, had a herd of cows over the American advocacy OKA: The Tea Party.

It's not even a debatable point.

Where_r_my_Keys

Gold Member

I hope that the pizza place goes broke and the people who are against homosexuals have to end up working for them.

Bigotry and discrimination have no place in the land of the free.

Why can't we allow people to be free to be who they are?

Sorry. but you can't catch gay. You're either born that way or not.

So you feel that man is not a function of nature?

Huh. What should we make of THAT?

I for one would offer that as a classic demonstration of an idiosyncratic belief or impression that is firmly maintained despite being contradicted by what is generally accepted as reality or rational argument, typically a symptom of mental disorder OKA: Delusion.

Paulitician

Platinum Member

Mac1958

Diamond Member

Bigotry and discrimination have no place in the land of the free.

Why can't we allow people to be free to be who they are?

PaintMyHouse

Diamond Member

So you feel that man is not a function of nature?

Huh. What should we make of THAT?

I for one would offer that as a classic demonstration of an idiosyncratic belief or impression that is firmly maintained despite being contradicted by what is generally accepted as reality or rational argument, typically a symptom of mental disorder OKA: Delusion.

PaintMyHouse

Diamond Member

Where_r_my_Keys

Gold Member

Indeed. as such is the nature of Relativism and Relativism is the species of reasoning used a the sole stock in trade of EVIL!

Objectivism is the light of reason. subjectivism is the dark recess where the seven deadly sins fester and grow into destructive obsession.

"It has always been thus. "

Bripat9643

Diamond Member

". It May Not Be Safe to Re-Open

Now, I gotta say, THAT appears to be injurious to me. and my guess is that THAT is part and parcel of why homosexuals have felt safer in the closet for all but the entirety of human existence.

People are only going to put up with that crap for so long. .

"Crystal O’Connor, the co-owner of Memories Pizza in Indiana, says it may not be safe to re-open their pizzeria after they said they wouldn’t cater a gay wedding.

“I don’t know if we will re-open, or if we can, if it’s safe to re-open,” O’Connor said on TheBlaze TV’s Dana. “We’re in hiding basically, staying in the house.”

O’Connor recently told WBND-TV, “If a gay couple came in and wanted us to provide pizzas for their wedding, we would have to say no.”

She made it clear that they are happy to serve gay customers, but would not be a part of the wedding because of their religious beliefs. National news outlets quickly picked up the story.

O’Connor said they have since received an endless flood of “bashing” comments on social media, and their Yelp page has been trashed. One reviewer wrote that they serve an “intolerance special with toppings of hate, bigotry, stupidity, and old fashioned beliefs.” And a high school coach from Goshen, Indiana has been suspended after urging people on Twitter to burn down their establishment.

“Who’s going to Walkerton, IN to burn down #memoriespizza w me? Agree with #FreedomofReligion bill? ‘That’s a lifestyle they CHOOSE’ Ignorant,” coach Jess Dooley wrote.

O’Connor said the media is distorting what her family truly believes. They are happy to serve gay customers, she reiterated, but object to being forced to participate in a gay wedding, since they don’t believe in gay marriage.

“We’re very hurt and confused and we stood up for what we believe,” she said. “The news just took it totally out of proportion. They lied about it. We said that we would serve anyone that walked in that door, even gays, but we would not condone a wedding. We would not cater that because it’s against our religious beliefs.”


Indiana Pizzeria Scandal: 11 Other Fast-Food Controversies to Chew On (Photos)

Indiana-based pizzeria Memories Pizza found itself at the center of controversy this week, when it was announced that the company would not cater same-sex weddings following the passage of Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

The company can at least take comfort in the knowledge that it's not alone. Here are 11 other food-related scandals that left some people choking on outrage.

DiGiorno Pizza Serves a Slice of Outrage

A case of social media marketing gone wrong. DiGiorno was forced to issue an apology when it tweeted the hashtag #WhyIStayed, coupled with the message "You had pizza." A seemingly innocent tweet, until they company found out that the hashtag was actually launched in response to domestic violence, after video surfaced of football player Ray Rice punching out then-fiance Janay Palmer.

Starbucks' 'Race Together' Program

The ubiquitous coffee chain's effort to spark a dialogue about race relations in America was met with widespread criticism, probably because most of the company's customers are just trying to get their caffeine fix and go without a lecture from their baristas.

SpaghettiOs' Pearl Harbor Flap

Uh-oh, SpaghettiOs, indeed. In 2013, Campbell Soup, the company behind the circular pasta treat, issued a mea culpa after the SpaghettiOs Twitter account tweeted an image of a cartoon SpaghettiO holding an American flag with the message, "Take a moment to remember #PearlHarbor with us" on Dec. 7. Not surprisingly, the crass marketing ploy bombed with the public.

Chick-fil-A's Anti-Gay Boss

How about a side order of homophobia with your chicken sandwich? Chick-fil-A stepped into a big pile of controversy when its president Dan Cathy piped up on the subject of gay marriage, stating that "we’re inviting God’s judgment on our nation when we shake our fist at him and say we know better than you as to what constitutes a marriage." Some people boycotted others, unable to avoid the restaurant chain's tasty fare, swallowed their pride along with the chicken.

Papa John's Obamacare Scare

Enjoy your pizza hot, tasty and cheap? Papa John's CEO John Schnatter had some bad news for you in 2012, when he declared that the the passage of Obamacare would raise the cost of a Papa John's pizza by 11 to 14 cents. Sure, and if you find yourself shorted on your breadstick order, go ahead and blame Obama for that too.

Entenmann's Casey Anthony Twitter Goof

Sweets-maker Entenmann's hit a sour note when it tweeted the message, "Who's #notguilty about eating all the tasty treats they want?!" Unfortunately, the company was found guilty of using a hashtag associated with the controversial not-guilty verdict of Casey Anthony, who had been accused of murdering her two-year-old daughter. Oops.

Domino's Delivers . Anti-Choice Support?

Domino's Pizza founder Thomas Monaghan's donations to pro-life groups such as the controversial Operation Rescue have left a bad taste in some consumers' mouths.

The Pizza Underground

A pizza-themed Velvet Underground tribute band? That includes former child star Macaulay Culkin? Seriously -- that's cheesy.

Krispy Kreme's Klan Kontroversy

A British franchisee of the donut company raised eyebrows in February when it launched a "KKK Wednesday" promotion, apparently unaware that "KKK" is a widely known abbreviation for white supremacy group the Ku Klux Klan.

Kentucky Fried Controversy

Not everybody needs a little KFC -- least of all PETA, which has targeted the fried-chicken chain for allegedly abusing chickens before serving them up to customers.

Starbucks' 9/11 Gaffe

Americans were a tad on edge following the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Unfortunately, some of that national unease landed on Starbucks, whose poster for its "Collapse Into Cool" campaign evoked traumatic memories for some.

When questionably nutritious eats meet questionably tasteful corporate action

Indiana-based pizzeria Memories Pizza found itself at the center of controversy this week, when it was announced that the company would not cater same-sex weddings following the passage of Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

The company can at least take comfort in the knowledge that it's not alone. Here are 11 other food-related scandals that left some people choking on outrage.


Closed: Indiana Pizza Parlor That Won’t Cater Same-Sex Weddings Because, Jesus

The O’Connor family in Walkerton, Indiana last night told reporters they would never refuse to serve gay people, but they could never cater a same-sex wedding. The owners of Memories Pizza for nine years, the O’Connors have religious images and ornaments lining the pizza parlor’s walls and cash register stand.

“If a gay couple came in and wanted us to provide pizzas for their wedding, we would have to say no,” Crystal O’Connor told ABC 57 News. “We are a Christian establishment.”

She says she fully supports Governor Pence’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act, despite the firestorm surrounding the new law.

“I do not think it’s targeting gays. I don’t think it’s discrimination,” O’Connor said. “It’s supposed to help people that have a religious belief.”

Almost immediately, the restaurant’s Yelp page and Facebook page were flooded with negative reviews.Â

It’s gotten so bad that Kevin O’Connor says he’s closing Memories Pizza, until things quiet down.

“Kevin O’Connor tells TMZ he’s had to temporarily close his business after he told a reporter he would refuse to cater a gay wedding under Indiana’s new Religious Freedom Restoration Act. O’Connor says he was immediately flooded by threatening phone calls, and social media posting,” TMZ reports, adding, “he’s closing his pizza joint … at least until the dust settles.”

O’Connor earlier today told the Daily Beast, “I don’t have a problem with gay people, I do not condone gay marriage and that’s what I said.”

“I don’t turn anybody away from the store, I don’t have a problem with gay people. I just don’t condone the marriage.”

O’Connor said he’s never been asked to cater a wedding, and that the response was hypothetical in response to questions posed by the news crew.Â

“It’s hard to speak when things get taken so out of context and this thing goes sky high and just blows everything up,” he said. “I’ve got a family to think about, too.”

“I mean, we don’t believe in murder. I also don’t believe in abortion,” he said when asked about other events he would feel conflicted about providing services for. When asked about pizza for weddings with divorced couples, O’Connor paused.

“You know, that’s something that I don’t have figured out in my own mind yet,” he said. “Because I’m divorced. So that’s something I don’t have figured out.”

He’ll be talking with Dana Loesch, a right wing activist at Glenn Beck’s The Blaze, at 6:00 PM EST this evening.Â


Indiana pizza shop refuses to cater gay weddings, instantly has internet presence destroyed

UPDATE: The owners of Memories Pizza say they have been forced to close their business because of the threats and criticism they have received.

"I don't know if we will re-open, or if we can, if it's safe to re-open," Crystal Oɼonnor said on TheBlaze TV. "We're in hiding basically, staying in the house."

TheBlaze has set up a GoFundMe page to raise money for the Oɼonnors, which has surpassed its goal of raising $45,000.

(Original article continues below.)

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A pizza parlour that said it will use Indiana's heavily criticized new religious freedom law to deny services to same-sex couples provoked a massive backlash across the internet on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, a Republican, responded Tuesday to national outrage over the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, by saying he'll "fix" the bill to ensure businesses cannot use the law to deny services to the LGBTQ community.

But, not before Memories Pizza in Walkerton, Ind., chimed in.

"If a gay couple came in and wanted us to provide pizzas for their wedding, we would have to say no," owner Crystal Oɼonnor told ABC 57 News on Tuesday.

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"We are a Christian establishment," she said of the family business. "We're not discriminating against anyone, that's just our belief and anyone has the right to believe in anything."

The Oɼonnors didn't stop there.

"That lifestyle is something they choose. I choose to be heterosexual. They choose to be homosexual," said Kevin Oɼonnor, Crystal's father.

The reaction on the web was quick and almost universally negative.

Before they made the newscast Tuesday night, the restaurant run by the Oɼonnors had two reviews on Yelp. By Wednesday afternoon, it had 1,400 and counting – almost 35 pages worth.

"Pizza is universal and you have disgraced its glorious name with your bigotry," one post read.

"I'm ANGRY and will never order pizza from these people again because they're simply not discriminatory enough! I mean, just 'gays'? What about anyone who works on Sundays?" joked another.

The hits just kept coming.

But, others supported the owners for standing up for their rights and their religious views. About three pages of the more than 30 pages of reviews supported the stance taken by the Oɼonnors.

Not to mention the obvious question, do a lot of people serve pizza at their wedding?

The response on Google reviews was much the same.

Someone also registered the domain name memoriespizza.com, which the owners of the establishment had not done yet, and filled it with some graphic, and phallic, visual criticism.

The restaurant's Facebook page has been hit with a similar barrage of graphic imagery and angry comments.

The internet backlash comes after many companies and entertainers vowed to boycott Indiana as a result of the new legislation. Now it seems businesses that attempt to make use of the law may face boycotts of their own