The Margin: Yelp reviewers slam Indiana pizza shop for saying it wouldn’t cater a gay wedding
Memories Pizza in Walkerton, Ind., has attracted a slew of memorable comments on Yelp after its proprietors said they wouldn’t cater a same-sex wedding, if asked.
Make that brutal, stinging comments. After the shop owners praised Gov. Mike Pence for enacting the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, the restaurant was buffeted with criticism on the online review site.
Some of the tamer comments include: “What kind of an IDIOT sabotages their business’s future by declaring they won’t serve a certain type of person/customer???” And: “As a pizza loving lesbian – I would NEVER serve pizza at my wedding. Morons.”
See all the reviews here — but be warned that many use off-color language.
Crystal O’Connor, whose family owns Memories Pizza, reportedly told ABC 57 on Tuesday: “If a gay couple came in and wanted us to provide pizzas for their wedding, we would have to say no.”
The act, signed by Pence on March 26, would prohibit state laws that “substantially burden” the ability of people and businesses to follow their religious beliefs. It has prompted a backlash from critics who say it could allow discrimination against gays and lesbians. It is scheduled to take effect July 1.
In a news conference on Tuesday, Pence said he wanted further legislation clarifying the law. “It will be helpful to move legislation this week that makes it clear that this law does not give businesses a right to deny services to anyone,” the governor, a Republican, said.
See: Indiana Gov. Pence asks for legislation clarifying religious objections law.
Criticism has not abated since Pence’s statement, however. On Wednesday, General Electric Co. Chief Executive Jeffrey Immelt wrote to Pence to say he was “very concerned” about the law’s potential impact on the company and its employees.
Meanwhile, as of Wednesday afternoon, there were nearly 1,600 reviews of Memories Pizza on Yelp. The restaurant’s rating was one-and-a-half stars out of five and, likely, falling.