Indiana Pizzeria Caught Up in Gay Marriage Controversy Closes Down over Threats

Memories Pizza, the Indiana pizzeria caught up in controversy over gay marriage and the state’s religious freedom law, has closed down tonight after receiving an avalanche of threats. In comments to a local news station, the family-owned restaurant made it clear that they would not cater gay weddings.

It’s worth pointing out here that they did not specifically say they wouldn’t serve gay people in their establishment, just that they would not cater a gay wedding. (And, again, it’s worth asking the question of exactly which gay couples in Indiana would want a pizza restaurant catering their wedding in the first place.)

Well, the wrath of the internet came down upon their establishment, with Yelp users trolling the hell out of Memories Pizza and they even got threats over the phone and on Facebook. And so, as a result, they’ve had to close down.

Owner Kevin O’Connor spoke to Fox News tonight and said, “Because I don’t believe in something that they want, they see fit to be angry about it… It’s just been ugly. I don’t know what to call it.”

He closed down the restaurant because they’re not sure which orders are real and which are fake or threats, and he’s not sure if or when he’ll re-open.

You can watch Fox’s report here:

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