Updated 04/03/15 – 2:08 p.m.
CHICAGO (CBS) — A northern Indiana pizzeria that found itself at the center of the heated debate over the state’s Indiana religious law might never reopen, but the family who owns it shouldn’t have to worry about the money they’re losing.
The O’Connor family closed Memories Pizza in Walkerton, Indiana, this week, amid a heated backlash after saying they might not cater to gay and lesbian couples due to their religious beliefs.
What started as an effort to raise $25,000 for the O’Connors while their business is closed turned into nearly $750,000 and counting, as of Friday afternoon.
The pizza shop remained closed Friday, and co-owner Crystal O’Connor said it might never open again, considering all the hate and threats they have experienced after they voiced support for the controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act, and said they would serve gay customers, but would say no if a gay or lesbian couple asked them to cater their wedding.