The owner of an Indiana pizza restaurant who was forced to close shop after she told a local news reporter that her establishment would not cater a gay wedding reaffirmed her beliefs in an interview on Saturday.
Crystal O’Connor, owner of Memories Pizza in Walkerton, said that she stands by her statement, and that she does not hate gay people – she just does not support gay marriage.
She then responded to the now staggering $850,000 that has been raised in support of her establishment by saying; ‘God has blessed us for standing up for what we believe, and not denying him.’
In her interview, with Fox News Business’ Neil Cavuto, O’Connor also said; ‘It is not a sin that we bring gays into our establishment, and to serve them. It is a sin, though, if we condone. If we cater their wedding.’
She then added; ‘We feel we are participating, we are putting a stamp of approval on their wedding, and we cannot do that.’
And despite all of her recent troubles, O’Connor said she is ready to get back to work, she is just not sure when she will open.
‘I am still shaken over this, and I will be the one that’s serving the customers and answering phones and I’m not ready to face that yet,’ she explained.
It was a contributor from Glenn Beck’s The Blaze who set up the fundraising page on GoFundMe for the pizzeria, with a goal of helping ‘the family stave off the burdensome cost of having the media parked out front, activists tearing them down, and no customers coming in.’
As of Saturday afternoon, $850,000 had been raised in just two days.
The news comes a little over a week after Indiana passed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which allows businesses to openly discriminate against gays, and just a few days after O’Connor told a local news station she would refuse to serve her pizza at a gay marriage ceremony.
Speaking to ABC57, Crystal O’Connor said: ‘If a gay couple came in and wanted us to provide pizzas for their wedding, we would have to say no.’
The establishment has been in operation for nine years, and the interior is adorned with crosses and Bible quotes.
Just outside the pizzeria, a signs states that the staff begin each morning with a prayer.
‘We are a Christian establishment,’ O’Connor confirmed.
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SOURCE: Daily Mail, Chris Spargo, The Associated Press