That Homophobic Pizza Parlor in Indiana Accidentally Catered a Gay Wedding
Memories Pizza in Walkerton, Indiana, told the media back in April that they wouldn't serve food at a gay wedding, but one couple found an obvious loophole.
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Memories Pizza is just a run-of-the-mill pizza restaurant in Walkerton, Indiana (population 2,144). Or at least, it was, until this spring.
Back on April 2, Indiana governor Mike Pence signed a "religious freedom" law into action that enables business owners in the Midwestern state to refuse service to customers—to be more specific, gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender customers—based on their beliefs. Needless to say, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act proved controversial, especially in a nation that was less than three months away from legalizing gay marriage on a whole.
Memories Pizza became the first business to openly declare (via comments to a local news station) that they would refuse to cater a gay wedding, and immediately won themselves many friends and many enemies. After having to close for eight days due to the ensuing flood of publicity, the restaurant crowdfunded close to $1 million from supporters and reopened, quietly not-catering gay pizza weddings in the months since.
Well, until now. It turns out that unbeknownst to the O'Connor family, which owns the place, Memories Pizza actually catered a gay wedding just last weekend!
Comedian Robin Trevino of LGBT comedy troupe GayCo celebrated his wedding to partner Jason Delgatto on Saturday in Illinois, but to add a little extra flavor to the nuptials, Trevino decided to take a detour to Indiana and stop by Memories Pizza as part of GayCo's "50 States of Gay" series, which includes visits to all 50 states in recognition of the federal ruling legalizing gay marriage.
Trevino and Delgatto actually got unofficially married in Chicago way back in 2008, but legal marriage for gay couples did not become legal in Illinois until June 2014. In a video shared on YouTube, Trevino shares his plan to visit Memories Pizza and bring their pizza back to his wedding as a tongue-in-cheek means of socking it to 'em.
"They have no idea that this is going to happen, but it's happening," Trevino says, before stepping into the restaurant and ordering two large pizzas, all the while trying to look "straight and confident."
Owner Kevin O'Connor and his daughter Crystal explained back in April that they wouldn't refuse service per se to gay customers, only that they were opposed to gay marriage specifically.
Turns out, revenge is a dish best served hot, cheesy, and to a room full of wedding guests with two happy men at the altar.