This Pizzeria Is the First Indiana Business That Will Not Cater Gay Weddings

The Religious Freedom Restoration Act, recently passed in Indiana, may spell trouble for the LGBT community

Discrimination? Memories Pizza’s owners believe they are simply exercising their right to freedom of religion.

Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which expansively protects religious freedoms and allows businesses or corporations to claim violation of religious freedom in response to a court ruling or mandate, has so shocked the nation that several states, including New York and Connecticut, have cut off all non-mandatory official business to the state. Several businesses and public figures, like Apple and comedian Nick Offerman, are boycotting the state (Offerman canceled his comedy tour in Indiana) out of concern that the bill would allow for discrimination against the LGBT community. Mike Pence, the governor of Indiana, has maintained that the bill will not allow businesses to discriminate against anyone in any shape or form.

Despite this assurance, Memories Pizza in Walkerton, Indiana, became the first business in the state to publically claim that they will not service gay weddings, according to ABC. LGBT folks of Walkerton, if you’re thinking of having pizza at your nuptials, you may be out of luck (or will have to take your business elsewhere).

“If a gay couple came in and wanted us to provide pizzas for their wedding, we would have to say no,” co-owner Crystal O'Connor told ABC. “We're not discriminating against anyone, that's just our belief and anyone has the right to believe in anything.”


The O’Connor family went on to tell ABC that they believe they are not discriminating against anyone, as Crystal O’Connor said, “Why should I be beat over the head to go along with something they choose?” According to Governor Pence, the law will not allow discrimination against any group, so will the O’Connor family’s clientele preference be honored in state court? The jury is still out.