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?