Crystal O’Connor, the co-owner of Memories Pizza, said she would serve anyone that came in for a pizza, but she wouldn’t cater a same-sex marriage. That statement was enough to bring the wrath of LGBT community to their doorstep. O’Connor was besieged by threatening emails and phone calls, so she and co-owner Kevin O’Connor temporarily closed their pizza shop.
Crystal was interviewed by a radio and TV host on the Glenn Beck’s network. O’Connor told the Blaze network that she suffered financial damage from the threats. Her only source of income was the pizza shop, and without that income she would lose her apartment. A GoFundMe page was set up on her behalf by a Blaze activist. The goal of the fund was to raise $25,000 for O’Connor to offset her losses. Less than 24 hours later, the fund received contributions that total over $500,000.
The real issue is not about O’Connor’s inability to pay her bills, as Bernardo Chua points out. The issue is the right to discriminate using religion as a front. For every person that wants equal rights for all Americans there is another person that wants to discriminate. The battle over same-sex marriage, and gay and lesbians rights is raging on around the country, and it will continue thanks to ignorance and misunderstanding.