Indiana takeaway owners: We won’t serve pizza to same-sex weddings
The owners of a pizza shop in Indiana have said they intend to use the state’s new ‘religious freedom’ law to refuse to serve same-sex weddings.
Crystal O’Connor, whose family owns Memories Pizza in Walkerton, Indiana, made the claim after Governor of Indiana Mike Pence signed into law the controversial ‘Religious Freedom Restoration Act’, which gives people the right to discriminate against gay people on the grounds of religion.
Despite Mr Pence’s insistence that it is not anti-gay and does not allow people to discriminate, Ms O’Connor intends to legally use her ‘religious freedom’ to to just that.
She told ABC57:”If a gay couple was to come in and they wanted us to provide pizzas for their wedding, we would have to say no.
“We are a Christian establishment… we’re not discriminating against anyone, that’s just our belief and anyone has the right to believe in anything.
“We definitely agree with the bill. I do not think it’s targeting gays. I don’t think it’s discrimination. It’s supposed to help people that have a religious belief.”
Her father added: “I agree with the bill. That’s a lifestyle that you choose. I choose to be heterosexual. They choose to be homosexual. Why should I be beat over the head because they choose that lifestyle?”
Many commentators have mocked the pair for believing that a same-sex couple would want pizza served at their wedding in the first place.
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