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originally posted by: ketsuko
a reply to: MystikMushroom
That's because it WAS a stunt. A news station in South Bend wanted to find a bigot, so they sent a reporter on a bigot hunt.
They got a young woman at a pizza parlor to answer a hypothetical question about a gay wedding. There was never any refusal of service, and the young woman even said that the parlor itself served everyone who came into their shop just looking for pizza for dinner.
So yes, the South Bend ABC affiliate created a stunt for their own ratings. It was the Internet that picked it up and put legs on it.
originally posted by: ketsuko
a reply to: Gryphon66
There are some circumstances where the divorce is allowed by God. Most of today's divorces do not fall into those circumstances.
Willing Christian victim calls local tv news to chime in their support for the law, tv crew comes and bam!
The owners of Memories Pizza, the O'Connor family, did not willingly seek out controversy, deny service to a gay person or couple, or even go out on a limb to suggest that they would. No, they merely responded to a question from Alyssa Marino, a local reporter for ABC 57 News who had come to their shop in search of a story.
And they did give her a story—but not the one she reported. Her initial headline was "RFRA: First Michiana business to publicly deny same-sex service" (Michiana is the region in Indiana where Memories Pizza is located). That headline implies two things that are false. The O'Connors had no intention of becoming the first Michiana business to do anything discriminatory with respect to gay people; they had merely answered a hypothetical question about what would happen if a gay couple asked them to cater a wedding. And the O'Connors had every intention of providing regular service to gay people—just not their weddings.
That policy, while not as gay-affirming as many of us supporters of same-sex marriage would like, isn't as discriminatory as what the headline claims. And though ABC 57 changed it at some point, several bigger outlets ran with the distorted version. PJ Media has a good rundown of it: The Huffington Post reported, "Indiana’s Memories Pizza Reportedly Becomes First Business To Reject Catering Gay Weddings," and BuzzFeed ran with, "Indiana Pizzeria Owners Say They'd Deny LGBT People Service."
Stripped down to the actual facts, there wasn't much of a story here in the first place, writes PJ Media's Scott Ott:
If I were forced to mark out a story line, it would be this: A nice lady in a small town tries to be helpful and polite to a lovely young reporter from “the big city.”
In other words, Memories Pizza didn’t blast out a news release. They didn’t contact the media, nor make a stink on Twitter or Facebook. They didn’t even post a sign in the window rejecting gay-wedding catering jobs. They merely answered questions from a novice reporter who strolled into their restaurant one day – who was sent on a mission by an irresponsible news organization.