A call for contributions helping a pizza shop caught in Indiana’s religious freedom controversy has hauled in over $200,000 and counting Thursday morning.

Gofundme account for Memories Pizza in Walkerton, Ind., had earned pledges from hundreds of supporters for a total of over $200,000 and rapidly rising. The flood of financial support comes only 18 hours after the page’s creation on Wednesday.


The Daily Caller reported that Lawrence Billy Jones III launched the funding drive over Memories Pizza’s stance on the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. Jones is an investigative reporter for Dana Loesch, a conservative radio host for The Blaze.

“Religious liberty is under assault in Indiana and that’s never been clearer than with the O’Connor family,” he wrote on the Gofundme page.

“The intent was to help the family stave off the burdensome cost of having the media parked out front, activists tearing them down and no customers coming in,” Jones continued.

Jones added that all contributions his drive receives — save the percentage owed Gofundme  — would directly benefit the embattled eatery. 

All donations, he said, would transfer to a bank account selected by restaurant owners Kevin and Crystal O’Connor once the cash call ended.

The O’Connors closed Memories Pizza Wednesday amid an outpouring of vitriol towards their business policies. The family declared Tuesday they would not cater gay weddings under the protection of Indiana’s new religious freedom legislation.

Indiana lawmakers on Thursday revealed they would overhaul the Religious Freedom Restoration act amid similar national outrage over its language. Their fix would prevent businesses from discriminating based on sexual orientation.

Critics have argued the law enshrines unfair business treatment of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender individuals.

Its supporters, meanwhile, claim it instead offers a necessary protection against government meddling in business decisions based on faith.

Gov. Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PenceThe Memo: What now for anti-Trump Republicans? Pelosi says GOP downplaying Capitol riot 'sick' and 'beyond denial' What's a party caucus chair worth? MORE (R-Ind.) signed the divisive law into existence on March 26. It immediately spawned a #BoycottIndiana trend on Twitter.

Pence asked state lawmakers to fix the law’s perceived problems after backpedaling Tuesday. 

Alterations made Thursday forbade businesses from refusing services based on sexual orientation or gender identity. They also decreed that the law is no longer a legal defense for refusing service to protected groups.

— This article was updated at 2:30pm