A GoFundMe page called “Support Memories Pizza” set up to raise $45,000 for the embattled restaurant exceeded that goal from more than 1,000 donors in the first five hours.
The dust up began Tuesday when Memories Pizza owners Kevin and Crystal O’Connor were interviewed on the local news about their support for Indiana’s new religious freedom law.
"If a gay couple was to come and they wanted us to bring pizzas to their wedding, we’d have to say no,” Crystal told ABC 57.
Owner Kevin elaborated: “That's a lifestyle that you choose,” he told the station. “I choose to be heterosexual. They choose to be homosexual. You can't beat me over the head with something they choose to be.”
The backlash gave rise to hundreds of supporters who began pledging donations to an online fundraising begun by the Blaze TV after learning the O’Connors had shut down on Wednesday as criticism and threats rolled in.
“I don’t know if we will reopen, or if we can,” Crystal told conservative radio station The Blaze, adding “We’re in hiding basically. Yep, staying in the house"
Co-Owner Crystal O'Conner was interviewed Wednesday on the Blaze by Dana Loesch