Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Indiana Pizza Joint: We Don't Cater at Gay Weddings

ABC 57 News out of Indiana did a story last night about a small-town pizza restaurant that wants same-sex couples to know that they won't cater your wedding parties:
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... “We are a Christian establishment,” says O'Connor.

The O'Connor family prides themselves in owning a business that reflects their religious beliefs.“We're not discriminating against anyone, that's just our belief and anyone has the right to believe in anything,” says O'Connor...

“I do not think it's targeting gays. I don't think it's discrimination,” says O'Connor. “It's supposed to help people that have a religious belief.”
Memories Pizza won't kick out a same-sex couple if they want to share a meal within the restaurant, but they want the world to know that they absolutely will not cater any same-sex weddings. And it's not about discrimination or targeting gays, even though it's everything to do with discrimination against gays. Or gays who want their weddings catered with pizza.

I will credit this restaurant with doing something that most other anti-gay businesses won't do when they become known for refusing to work with gays because of their religion. They actually have a sign in their restaurant that quotes scripture and indicates that employees will pray together at the beginning of their shifts.

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