An Indiana pizzeria that vowed not to
cater gay weddings temporarily closed over threats it received.
Crystal O'Connor of Memories Pizza in
Walkerton, Indiana expressed her support for a controversial state
bill critics say might open the door to discrimination against gay
men and lesbians. Indiana's version of the federal Religious Freedom
Restoration Act has attracted national attention since Republican
Governor Mike Pence signed it Thursday. On Tuesday, Pence
called on lawmakers to “fix” the bill.
“We are a Christian establishment,”
“If a gay couple is to come in. Like
say they wanted us to provide them pizzas for a wedding. We would
have to say no.”
“We're not discriminating against
anyone, that's just our belief and anyone has the right to believe in
Kevin O'Connor, Crystal's father,
added: “That lifestyle is something they choose. I choose to be
heterosexual. They choose to be homosexual. Why should I be beat
over the head to go along with something they choose?”
The elder O'Connor told Fox
News that he was forced to close after he received threats over
the phone and on Facebook and Yelp.