Gay Business Owner Defends Decision To Donate To Indiana Anti-Gay Pizzeria

Courtney Hoffman, an openly-gay small business owner in California, is making headlines for helping donations to the Indiana Pizzeria that refuses to cater same-sex weddings reach nearly a million dollars. Courtney and her girlfriend donated $20 to Memories Pizza despite owners of the restaurant going on the news to proudly say that they want to discriminate against humans like Courtney and her girlfriend. 

Though Courtney's controversial donation inspired a few other same-sex couples to also hand over money to anti-gay business owners, she's also felt pressure from the community to explain her actions. 

In an interview with conservative blog the Blaze, Courtney says her donation was an "apology" for the "hate and intolerance" Memories Pizza has "suffered" at the behest of the gay community. 

In another interview, Courtney dived deeper into her thinking:

"My girlfriend and I are small business owners, and we think there is a difference between operating in a public market space and then attaching the name of your business to a private event," she told the Jeff Adams Show. "If we were asked to set up at an anti-gay marriage rally, I mean, we would have to decline."

"If we can remember that differences don’t equal maliciousness, and try to find what we have in common -- you know, the 'ands' instead of the 'ors,' maybe we can move beyond threats of violence and have open discussions of the things that we don’t agree on," she added.

What do you think of Courtney's defense of her donation to the notoriously anti-gay and intolerant Memories Pizza?

(h/t: HuffPo)

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In this country we have lots of freedoms. One being of free speech. Within that free speech come conflicting views. The conservatives have their views and LGBT has theirs, that the rub both can claim the other discriminates against the other. Usually the LGBT get the worst of it as they are a minority in the population. So it's all the people in this country who have to judge if a majority and walk on and discriminate on the minority. The pizzeria business certainly can refuse service as LGBT can boycott them. Neither is side is right or wrong but I hope I'm in that city I can and will boycott that shop. ThertThereHave 

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FOR THE GAY COMMUNITY GIVING IN ON MAKING A DONATION TO RELIGIOUS HATERS OF LGBT COMMUNITY, YOUR GOING AGAINST A BOYCOTT THAT HAS BEEN ACTIVE AGAINST THE RELIGIOUS LAW AGAINST LGBT.

Why go against your own people to fund haters of the LGBT community.

I have a business that takes no funds to Blackout Boycott Bigotry, which is based mostly on my Facebook. If I go make a donation to a religious haters against us, then I wouldnt have no use for a BOYCOTT

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Haters can be of no religion as well. To me it's not faith, but the hate. You can choose to not hate regardless of what atheism or theism motivates you.

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An "anti-gay" marriage rally would be considered discrimination... So I would hope they would say no to that. What Memories Pizza is doing publicly is displaying their discrimination. I truly can't believe that Courtney would give money in backing discrimination, and then defend it with all we are trying to accomplish for LGBT equality.

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