The owners of a family-owned and -operated pizza shop in Indiana say they won’t cater same-sex weddings, because the newly passed Religious Freedom Restoration Act gives them the right to refuse such services.
“If a gay couple came in and wanted us to provide pizzas for their wedding, we would have to say no,” said Crystal O’Connor of Memories Pizza in Walkerton to a local ABC affiliated television station.
She went on, the Hill reported: “We’re not discriminating against anyone – that’s just our belief and anyone has the right to believe in anything.”
Her remarks come on the heels of an announcement from Indiana Republican Gov. Mike Pence to direct the legislature to clarify facets of the new law that opponents say give businesses a government stamp-of-approval to discriminate.
Law supporters say the measure only mirrors what other states have in place, and its overall aim is to make sure government doesn’t intrude on First Amendment freedoms.
Pence has emphasized both verbally and in an op-ed for the Wall Street Journal the law can’t be taken to mean businesses can discriminate against gays.
But he did admit his state is facing a “perception problem” with its implementation, and the legislature needs to add language making it clear discrimination against gays is not acceptable or lawful.
The pizza place, meanwhile, has suffered some negative feedback for its stance.
Yelp users posted dozens of subpar ratings about the business, complaining of the owners’ view of serving gays, The Hill reported.