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Indiana restaurant that refused to cater gay wedding crowdfunds $50,000

2015-04-02
A restaurant in Indiana that became one of the first to use the state's Religious Freedom law to refuse service to members of the LGBT community has raised over $50,000 dollars on a crowdfunding website. The GoFundMe page, created by customer Lawrence Billy Jones III, was set up in order to "relieve the financial loss endured" by the owners of Memories Pizza, who found themselves at the centre of controversy when they refused to cater a gay wedding on the grounds of their religious beliefs. Pizza “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?" one of the restaurant's co-owners told ABC 57. The page has received over 1500 donations from members of the public, with one anonymous supporter pledging a massive $5,000 to the restaurant owners. One backer, Richard Brown, donated $250 and said:
God Bless you guys for your courage and resolve. Good for you. Don't let the intolerant BULLY LEFT force you to comply. They are 3% of society.
Brett Jeffryes, who also pledged $250, claimed that the backlash proves that the US is seeing "the rise of the gay sharia":
Sadly this is the first wave. We are seeing the rise of GAY SHARIA. They will go to any length to destroy people of conscience and good will. I expect to see Gay Sharia violence supported by both Social and mainstream Media in my lifetime.
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