A gay woman who donated money to the Indiana pizzeria who refused to cater a same-sex wedding has defended her decision.
Courtney Hoffman was just one of the many thousands of people who donated over $824,000 (â‚¬760,000) to the Christian owners of Memories Pizza that was forced to temporarily close its doors over the outrage. She donated $20 (â‚¬18).
Writing on the donation page, she said: ‘As a member of the gay community, I would like to apologize for the mean spirited attacks on you and your business.
‘I know many gay individuals who fully support your right to stand up for your beliefs and run your business according to those beliefs. We are outraged at the level of hate and intolerance that has been directed at you and I sincerely hope that you are able to rebuild.’
When it was first spotted on social media, Hoffman received a deluge of outraged comments online. Many accused her of being a ‘traitor’ or ‘self-hating’.
But Hoffman stands by her decision.
‘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 said on The Jeff Adams Show.
‘Like, if we were asked to set up at an anti-gay marriage rally, I mean, we would have to decline.’
She believes the gay community knows ‘full well what it’s like to be condemned for doing nothing but living your life according to your beliefs’.
‘We know so many gay individuals that fully support the freedom of living your life according to your beliefs and feel that freedom extends to everyone, even the people that we don’t agree with.’