The O’Connors say they will open Wednesday 8 April. The also say they they will share the $842,000 raised on GoFundMe with disabled children, a women’s help group, fire fighters, police trusts, Christian churches and Washington florist Barronelle Stutzman, who was fined after declaring she would not serve a gay wedding. Kevin O’Connor:
If any child of mine came out as gay and entered into a gay marriage, I would still love them, but Daddy wouldn’t be going to the wedding…I don’t care who comes through that door. They are people. I don’t care if they are gay. I don’t care if they walk in on their hands. I don’t care if their heads are attached to their knee. They are more than welcome to come in and eat. ‘That is not what is about. We believe that it is not right for a man to marry a man and for a woman to marry a woman. People could end up marrying trees…come on!..When this country was founded it was a Christian nation and those were the rights given to us by the founders and before that by God. People just don’t want you to have those rights any more….
Crystal says that the family has received death threats:
I was asked a hypothetical question and that was the answer I gave. But I didn’t hope to gain anything by saying what I said. I wasn’t trying to score points. It is something I believe in from my heart and my faith about gay weddings. But I don’t regret what I said. I have been scared, but God is giving me strength. I think it is nothing compared to what Christ had to suffer…I don’t like attention, period. Before all this I was the “Pizza Girl” and I didn’t like that and now I got even more attention. I don’t know how to take it…I didn’t want to leave my apartment. I was scared. People were looking at me and all that brought my spirits down. But the support we got also lifted me and made me stronger and humbled.