Memories Pizza will re-open today, reports the Daily Mail. The owners of the pizza parlor received threats of death and violence, after telling a reporter they would not cater a gay wedding due to their religious beliefs and closed their business.
The pizza parlor owners who received death threats and were subjected to an online hate campaign will reopen for business tomorrow with the backing of $842,000 from well wishers and a defiant message that they stand by their opposition to gay weddings. They were going to open today but were advised to hold off for security reasons.
Kevin O'Connor and daughter Crystal also revealed what they have planned for all the money raised for them.
They revealed they are set to share their new fortune with disabled children, a women’s help group, fire fighters, police trusts, Christian churches and Washington florist Barronelle Stutzman, 70, who was fined after declaring she would not serve a gay wedding.
The O'Connor's have not changed their minds on the issue despite the public attention and media firestorm. "Mr. O’Connor and his daughter were still adamant today, despite the furor that has engulfed them, that they would refuse to serve gay marriages with their pizzas."
Said Mr. O'Conner "If any child of mine came out as gay and entered into a gay marriage, I would still love them, but Daddy wouldn’t be going to the wedding."
Daughter Crystal said about the whole situation, "When this country was founded it was a Christian nation and those were the rights given to us by the founders and before that by God. People just don’t want you to have those rights any more."