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America Celebrates: Memories Pizza in Indiana reopens after gay wedding comments flap

"We as Americans stand with Memories Pizza and their humble testimony to God and their faith is an eternal tesimony to all Christians and their test of faith stands like a giant mountain peak for all of us in this valley to look to in our daily lives," says Eugene Delgaudio, president of Public Advocate.

The Hill reports what the Indianapolis Star is reporting:

Indiana's Memories Pizza has reopened after its owners came under fire for saying they would not cater a same-sex wedding.

The small pizzeria in Walkerton, Ind., reopened on Thursday, and co-owner Kevin O'Connor told The Indianapolis Star it was doing a brisk business.

The Associated press and 100 other newspapers are reporting:

"A northern Indiana pizzeria that closed after its owner said his religious beliefs wouldn't allow him to cater a gay wedding opened Thursday to a full house of friends, regulars and people wanting to show their support.

"It's a relief to get going again and try to get back to normal," said Kevin O'Connor, owner of Memories Pizza.

Mr. O'Connor closed the shop for eight days after comments by him and his daughter, Crystal, to a local television station supporting a new religious objections law. The law, which has since been revised, sparked a boycott of Indiana.

Mr. O'Connor said the criticism hasn't changed his beliefs. He said gays are welcome in his restaurant in the small, one-traffic-light town of Walkerton, 20 miles southwest of South Bend, but that he would decline to cater a same-sex wedding because it would conflict with his Christian beliefs.

"I'd do the same thing again. It's my belief. It's our belief. It's what we grew up on," he said. "I'm just sorry it comes to this because neither one of us dislike any of those people. I don't hold any grudges." "