A family owned pizza shop in Walkerton, Indiana, is now the first business to publicly state they will refuse service to gays based on Indiana’s new law, the controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act.
“If a gay couple came in and wanted us to provide pizzas for their wedding, we would have to say no,” said the owner of Memories Pizza, Crystal O’Connor, to ABC 57.
The O’Connor family stated that they would not refuse service to gay couples who wanted to eat in their restaurant, but would not cater a same-sex wedding.
“We’re not discriminating against anyone. That’s just our belief, and anyone has the right to believe in anything,” she continued.
Crystal’s father, Kevin, also weighed in on the controversy surrounding the new Indiana law and his family’s position on the topic.
“That lifestyle is something they choose. I choose to be heterosexual. They choose to be homosexual. Why would I be beat over the head to go along with something they choose?” he said.
Since the comments were made public, Memories Pizza has fallen to a one-star rating on Yelp, according to online news website Mediaite.
The O’Connor family is the first to publicly support the new Indiana law, which critics have lambasted as saying it allows businesses to discriminate against gays. Gov. Mike Pence (R) signed the legislation, but has told state legislators to “fix” the bill to be more specific on anti-discrimination wording.
Just this week, Arkansas state politicians also passed a similar law in their home state, which is quite similar to the Indiana legislation. Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R) has also vowed to sign it, but later said he wants changes to the wording, as well.