Ben & Jerry’s Weighs In On Gay Marriage By Refusing To Serve Two Scoops Of The Same Flavor

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Unbelievable weight is being thrown behind the push to legalize gay marriage in Australia.

Ben & Jerry’s is now refusing to serve to serve two scoops of the same flavor ice cream in the Land Down Under until the government legalizes gay marriage. The famous ice cream company is also asking customers to contact members of parliament and demand legislative action.

Ben & Jerry’s issued a formal statement on their website:

“Imagine heading down to your local Scoop Shop to order your favourite two scoops of Cookie Dough in a waffle cone. But you find out you are not allowed – Ben & Jerry’s has banned two scoops of the same flavour. You’d be furious! ….But this doesn’t even begin to compare to how furious you would be if you were told you were not allowed to marry the person you love. So we are banning two scoops of the same flavor and encouraging our fans to contact their MPs to tell them that the time has come – make marriage equality legal! Love comes in all flavours!”

Unlike a growing number of Western countries, Australia does not currently allow gay marriage. Australia’s federal Marriage Act, an amendment passed in 2004, defines marriage as “the union of a man and a woman to the exclusion of all others.” Most territories and states, however, allow gay couples to enter into civil unions.

The ice cream chain currently operates 26 different locations in Australia, and it’s not yet clear how big of an impression they will have on the conversation. Polling already shows Aussie support for gay marriage to be quite high – 70 percent.

This is by far not the first time Ben & Jerry’s has waded into the political debate.

Founders Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield are close to Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, a self-described democratic socialist. Cohen even invented an ice cream in honor of Sander’s 2016 White House run.

The company has long led an effort in promoting LGBT rights around the globe. They renamed ice creams in celebration for gay marriage legalization in America in 2015, and did the same in the UK in support of groups pushing for marriage equality there in 2012.

It’s hard to say if their ice cream diplomacy has made an impact in the push for marriage equality worldwide, but it has no doubt made for some humorous headlines.

 

Jason Hopkins began his career in state politics while attending college. He served as an aide to the Georgia Senate Majority Leader his Senior year. He continued to work in the Georgia Senate following graduation – serving as an aide to the Chairman of the Science and Technology committee. Jason then moved to the DC area to track and analyze legislation passing through all 50 state capitols.

Source: Red Alert Politics

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