Ben & Jerry’s Banned Same-Scoop Cones Until Gay Marriage is Passed in Australia
If you find yourself at a Ben & Jerry’s in Australia and ask for two scoops of Phish Food, you’ll be shot down. It’s not that Aussies hate Phish Food, but in an effort to support the LGBT community, Ben & Jerry’s has banned homogenous scoops of ice cream in the same cup or cone in Australia until gay marriage is legalized.
“Ben & Jerry’s has a long and proud history of commitment to social justice, including LGBTQI rights and marriage equality,” Imogen Rugg, Ben & Jerry’s Australia spokesperson said. “This commitment is grounded in our company’s core values and an unshakable belief that everyone deserves full and equal civil rights.”
Ben & Jerry’s is well-known for its progressive stances on sociopolitical issues, and has released flavors in the past that reflect their views. Back in 2015, when America first passed gay marriage, Ben & Jerry’s released the limited edition flavor: I Dough, I Dough. Empower Mint was a limited edition flavor released in 2016, intended to raise awareness of voter rights, and last fall the company released an official stance supporting Black Lives Matter.
While you’re sitting in your local scoop shop lamenting over the death of your favorite double-scoop sundae, you can spend the time writing a letter to encourage your local politician to support gay marriage in the land on Oz. In a move that’s the first of its kind, Ben & Jerry’s will be setting up an in-store postal service at its 26 stores nationwide, which will allow ice cream fans and progressive individuals alike to send personalized messages to their local member of Parliament. The next Parliamentary sitting is on June 13, and Ben & Jerry’s wants to help voices be heard.
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