Indiana business accused of being first to deny same-sex service

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WALKERTON, IN (WTNH)– The first business in Indiana in favor of the religious freedom bill has spoken out.

According to an ABC affiliate, Memories Pizza in Walkerton, Indiana publicly announced that they agree with Governor Pence’s controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

The pizzeria and ice cream shop, owned by the O’Connor family for nine years, feel they deserve the right to protect the ideals of their religion.

Crystal O’Connor told the ABC affiliate, “if a gay couple came in and wanted us to provide pizzas for their wedding, we would have to say no.”

However the owners do not feel that by doing so, they are discriminating against anyone.

“We’re not discriminating against anyone, that’s just our belief and anyone has the right to believe in anything,” says O’Connor.

The O’Connors go on to explain that they are “Christian Establishment” and are proud to own a business that reflects their beliefs.

The family did say they would never refuse service at their restaurant to a gay couple or a couple of another religion, but they said they would not cater to their marriage.


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