Controversial Pizza Restaurant Closes as Religious Freedom Battle Expands to Texas

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WALKERTON, IN--Memories Pizza became famous nationwide when its owners said they wouldn't provide pizza for a same-sex wedding.

"Why should I be beat on the head because they choose that lifestyle," owner Kevin O'Connor said.

But for now, they're not serving anyone, gay or straight. Ground zero in the religious freedom controversy is shut down for now, they say, because of threats.

That comes as Indiana lawmakers come up with changes to a new religious freedom law.

The amendment bans discrimination based on race, color, religion and sexual orientation.

"To let every Hoosier know that we value you. Gay, straight, black, white, religious, non religious," Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosma during an event to unveil the changes.

Arkansas lawmakers are rushed through similar changes to their new religious freedom bill on Thursday.

Texas already has a religious freedom law. But State Senator Donna Campbell of New Braunfels wants it in the state constitution.

In a written statement, she said the bill is "about stopping overreaching governments at the local level from forcing Texans to run their businesses in opposition to their values and principles."

The Texas Association of Business is fighting that plan.

"People would second guess whether they want to move to Texas," Bill Hammond of the Texas Association of Business said. "It would be harder to get talent here."

Lawmakers in Austin are watching what's happening in Indiana and Arkansas in hopes they can get it right the first time.