The story went viral and the owners raised $850,000 with the help of Glenn Beck and crowdsourcing.
It’s never good news when a business fails, but Memories Pizza in Indiana like so many that said they would refuse service to the LGBT community has closed for good. According to Queerty there was a hand-written sign on the door, but no reason was given for the sudden shuttering.
Back in 2015 the business owners of the Italian eatery talked to a local news station. In the interview, they said they would utilize then-Governor Mike Pence’s “religious freedom and restoration act” by not catering gay weddings.
“If a gay couple came in and wanted us to provide pizzas for their wedding, we would have to say no,” Crystal O’Connor told ABC 57 at the time. “We are a Christian establishment.”
She added, "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.”
As you can imagine this didn’t go over so well and social media, the internet went into action. After receiving disapproving emails, phone calls and bad Yelp reviews the owners say they were “forced into hiding.”
It was conservative TV personality Glenn Beck who stepped in and created a GoFundMe page which raised $850,000 for the owners.
Co-owner Kevin O’Connor said he was uncomfortable receiving so much money and he didn’t dislike “those people.”
“I’m just sorry it comes to this because neither one of us dislike any of those people,” he said back then. “I don’t hold any grudges.”
O’Connor re-appeared in the media in 2016 and expressed dismay over people who react to differences of opinion by labeling it as hate.
“Out of anger, there seems to be no getting along anymore,” he said. “If your opinion isn’t what somebody else’s is, then I’m a dirtbag. Just because I don’t agree with you doesn’t mean I have to hate you.”
The O’Connors have made no comment over the closing of their restaurant.