You walk into a Ben & Jerry’s ice cream store in Australia.
“I’ll have two scoops of __,” you say delightedly.
Ben and Jerry’s, which for years has been one of the leading voices pushing for same-sex marriage, is hopping mad at Australia for not accepting same-sex marriage as the law of the land, and is revenging itself on the Aussies by banning customers from having two scoops of the same flavor.
No, this isn’t a joke.
26 stores in Australia will be banned from letting customers double-dip. Here’s the ludicrous statement from Ben and Jerry’s:
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! 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 same sex marriage legal! Love comes in all flavours!
That’s not all; in case you don’t get the message, post boxes emblazoned with rainbows will be featured in each Australian stores. Why?
Because Ben and Jerry’s wants customers to write a postcard to their MP urging them to support same-sex marriage.
Ben and Jerry’s promises: “We will make sure that the postcards are delivered before the final parliamentary session on June 13th, before the budget is announced –We see this as the next opportunity for to achieve marriage equality, so we need to act NOW! 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. Let’s make it happen!”
In 2012 Ben and Jerry’s in the United Kingdom renamed its Apple Pie flavor “Apple-y Ever After” with two figurines of grooms on the packaging. In Germany, the company renamed its Cookie Dough ice-cream “Yes I Dough” as a paean to same-sex marriage.
"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 same sex marriage legal!"
Ben and Jerry's
Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield, the founders of the ice cream chain, are ardent leftists, having initially supported Occupy Wall Street with statements like this:
As a board and as a company we have actively been involved with these issues for years but your efforts have put them out front in a way we have not been able to do. We have provided support to citizens' efforts to rein in corporate money in politics, we pay a livable wage to our employees, we directly support family farms and we are working to source fairly traded ingredients for all our products. But we realize that Occupy Wall Street is calling for systemic change. We support this call to action and are honored to join you in this call to take back our nation and democracy.