The owners and operators of an Indiana family-run pizza restaurant will decline to cater a same-sex marriage under the state’s new Religious Freedom Restoration Act. The controversial law has caused uproar in Indiana and throughout the country in the past week. Crystal O’Connor, one of the owners of Memories Pizza, located in Walkerton, stated if a same-sex couple wanted the restaurant to cater their wedding, the owners would decline to provide service, according to a local reporter.
The bill was signed into law by Governor Mike Pence last week. The bill is said to protect individuals from government interference of one’s religious beliefs, unless the state could verify that it possessed a strong justification to do so. Opposers of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act stated the rhetoric of the law allows private businesses to decline service to lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT) individuals based on religious beliefs only.
Pence has defended his decision to sign the bill into law, saying it does not allow for gender and sex-based discrimination. Afterwards, he called on the legislature to fix what has been called a “perception problem.”
The local pizza restaurant has seen much backlash on Yelp. Yelp has tallied dozens of one-star ratings for the restaurant, berating the owners for the stance on their refusal to cater same-sex couples at weddings due to the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.
By Alex Lemieux
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