Memories Pizza

by Adam Brooks.

Memories Pizza in Walkerton, Indiana shut down last month after coming under fire for refusing to cater a gay wedding and became national news after the owners referred to the business as a “Christian Establishment.”

A GoFundMe page was set up for the pizzeria and raised more than $840,000 in 15 days from supporters who agree with the state’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act. Memories Pizza co-owner Kevin O’Conner told local news, “That lifestyle is something they choose. I choose to be heterosexual. They choose to be homosexual. Why should I be beat over the head to go along with something they choose?”

Kansas-based non-profit Equality House countered by setting up the “Virtual Pizza” fundraiser. If their goal of $100,000 is reached, 100 hotel rooms will be made available to homeless LGBTs for one year. To donate, or for more info, visit www.crowdrise.com/lgbtpizza.