Indiana Governor Mike Pence signed into law Senate Enrolled Act 101 last week, which, in the words of the Indianapolis Star, “prohibits state or local governments from substantially burdening a person’s ability to exercise their religion.” This legislation extends to businesses as well, prompting the LGBT community to worry that the bill allows discrimination on religious grounds. The national media pounced.
To say this law is controversial would be an understatement—everyone from the NCAA to Michael Stipe have denounced the socially conservative legislation. While Pence is currently trying to save face by getting some form of LGBT-mollifying language into the law, one northern Indiana pizza parlor has come out in support of it.
The O’Connor family, who owns Memories Pizza, says they have a right to believe in their religion and protect those ideals.
“If a gay couple came in and wanted us to provide pizzas for their wedding, we would have to say no,” says Crystal O’Connor of Memories Pizza.
She and her family are standing firm in their beliefs.
Kevin O’Connor, Crystal’s father, continued:
Accordingly, Memories’ Yelp! blew the f*ck up today after the piece ran. Here are the three main takeaways from users’ comments, who have gotten Memories’ rating down to 1.5 stars:
- Christian doctrine doesn’t necessarily allow for discrimination
- From a business perspective, the owners’ coming out and saying a particular patron would not be welcomed was super-f*cking dumb
- An LGBT wedding would NEVER cater pizza
While some comments were outright…venomous:
Others were grade-A trolling, deserving of applause:
But if you searched hard enough, you did find people who appeared to review the shop in earnest.