Asserting that “love comes in all flavors,” the Australian branch of the popular ice cream parlor chain Ben & Jerry’s is refusing to sell two scoops of the same flavor until same-sex “marriage” is legalized in the country.
The company has produced a short video and statement outlining why patrons in all 26 of its Australian locations won’t be able to have chocolate and chocolate, or strawberry and strawberry at this time.
“Imagine heading down to your local scoop shop to order your favorite 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 flavor. You’d be furious!” it writes on its website.
“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,” Ben & Jerry’s outlines. “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 flavors!”
The company states that it has placed post boxes in all of its stores for customers to write notes to parliamentarians in support of same-sex nuptials. It is also urging Aussies to sign a petition created by the homosexual advocacy group Equality Campaign.
“At Ben & Jerry’s we love love, and we think most Australians do too. More Australians than ever before believe everyone should have the right to love who they love—and marry them too, if that’s what makes you happy,” the ice cream icon claims.
This is not the first time that Ben & Jerry’s has actively supported homosexual relationships. In 1996, the company awarded grant money to the advocacy group PFLAG, and in 2010, it allowed its Georgetown scoop shop to be used for a same-sex ceremony.
It joined two amicus briefs to the U.S. Supreme Court, and also gave several of its flavors related themes, such as “hubby hubby,” “appl-y ever after” and “I dough, I dough.”
Thursday’s announcement regarding the company’s ban on two scoops of the same flavor drew mixed reaction, with some applauding the idea and others vowing to boycott the ice cream chain.
“That’s what being a leader is all about! Thanks for helping to move Australia into the modern world,” one commenter wrote.
“Getting two of the same flavor is your right, so too should SSM be. This is an act of protest I will be supporting!” another remarked.
“Children growing up without either a male or female parent do worse in every way. Ben & Jerry’s sacrifices kids’ well-being for [a] political agenda,” a third lamented.
“So you’re promoting a more dangerous behavior than smoking? Will you be promoting smoking next? That’s not love,” another stated.
Ben & Jerry’s has been vocal about a number of other social issues, including racial justice, global warming and fair trade. It even created an “endangered” ice cream campaign to express concern about climate change. Last January, in support of liberal presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, the company released a flavor named “Bernie’s Yearning.”
2 Corinthians 5:15 reads, “And that He died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto Him which died for them, and rose again.”