An Indiana pizza shop owner’s anti-gay marriage stance is paying off.
Online supporters donated more than $33,000 in three hours to Memories Pizza after the pie maker’s controversial pledge not to cater same-sex weddings spawned a wave of criticism.
The dust up began Tuesday when Memories owners Kevin and Crystal O’Connor were interviewed on the local news about their support for Indiana’s polarizing religious freedom law.
“If a gay couple was to come and they wanted us to bring pizzas to their wedding, we’d have to say no,” Crystal told ABC 57.
“That’s a lifestyle that you choose,” he told the station. “I choose to be heterosexual. They choose to be homosexual. You can’t beat me over the head with something they choose to be.”
The comments earned the O’Connors plenty of enemies, who flooded the Yelp page for their Walkerton business with negative, mocking reviews and erotic photos of mostly naked men.
“Can’t wait to read about your bankruptcy in the future,” wrote Dave T.
An assistant softball coach at nearby Concord Community Schools was suspended for an angry tweet against the pizza shop, WNDU reported.
“Who’s going to Walkerton, IN to burn down #memoriespizza w me? Agree with #FreedomofReligion bill? “That’s a lifestyle they CHOOSE” Ignorant,” Jess Dooley tweeted before deleting her account.
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SOURCE: NY Daily News, Doyle Murphy