South Bend, Ind. – Less than a week after Indiana Governor Mike Pence told George Stephanopoulos on ABC’s This Week that the new “religious freedom” law had nothing to do with discriminating against gays and lesbians, an Indiana pizza restaurant owner has decided to use the law to discriminate against gays and lesbians.
“If a gay couple came in and wanted us to provide pizzas for their wedding, we would have to say no,” said Crystal O’Conner to WBND News 57 in South Bend, Indiana.
O’Conner is one of the owners of Memories Pizza in Walkerton, Indiana.
All gay jokes aside (yes, no self-respecting couple getting married would offer pizza to their wedding guests), this law has already started the state of Indiana down the road of discrimination in the name of religion.
“We are a Christian establishment,” said O’Conner. “We’re not discriminating against anyone, that’s just our belief and anyone has the right to believe in anything.”
Those opposed to the bill, and opposed to discriminatory pizza places, took to Yelp to express their displeasure for Memories Pizza.
They currently have more than 250 reviews for their restaurant with an average rating of one and a half stars.
“Are you going to ask all people their religion when they walk in your door?” wrote Bea S., a Yelp reviewer.
“Can I place an order for a discrimination pizza?” Roxanna N., another Yelp reviewer, wrote.
One reviewer brought up their pick and choose style of religion.
“Don’t you serve pork?” SC wrote. “My bible says no pork.”
While the voices against the law are gaining numbers, Kevin O’Conner, Crystal’s father, thinks the backlash against the law and its supporters isn’t fair.
“That lifestyle is something they choose,” he said to WBND. “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?”
While most people believe sexuality is not a choice, they believe being bigoted and hateful is.
“Save your time and money, and do not support hateful establishments.” wrote Yelp reviewer Derek R.