I just saw a Google ad on GayWallet.com that said “Ben & Jerry’s Is Proud To Support A Woman’s Right To Marry Anyone. Even Another Woman.” As long as they also support a man’s right to marry another man, I’ll make sure I add Ben & Jerry’s to my next shopping list. My partner and I are huge ice cream fans!
Ben & Jerry’s Freedom to Marry web page reads:
In partnership with Freedom to Marry we are gathered here to celebrate Vermont and all the other great states where loving couples of all kinds are free to marry legally. We have ceremoniously dubbed our iconic flavor, Chubby Hubby to Hubby Hubby in support, and to raise awareness of the importance of marriage equality.
A recent press release explains Ben & Jerry’s interest in marriage equality:
Ben & Jerry’s has a long history of commitment to social justice, including gay rights. Its partnership with Freedom to Marry, a national leader in the movement for marriage equality, aims to raise awareness of the importance of marriage equality and to encourage other states to follow the blazing trails of Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Iowa, and Maine. Freedom to Marry promotes the national conversation about why marriage equality matters and brings together partner organizations into a larger whole – a shared civil rights campaign.
“At the core of Ben & Jerry’s values, we believe that social justice can and should be something that every human being is entitled to,” said Walt Freese, Chief Executive Officer of Ben & Jerry’s. “From the very beginning of our 30 year history, we have supported equal rights for all people. The legalization of marriage for gay and lesbian couples in Vermont is certainly a step in the right direction and something worth celebrating with peace, love and plenty of ice cream.”
I checked anti-gay AFA’s web site and I don’t see a Ben & Jerry’s boycott listed yet. I think the folks over at AFA are little busy prayin’ for their leader and founder Don Wildmon. The news scroll on their site says he’s sick. As soon as Wildmon makes a full recovery, I’m sure he’ll be insisting that all “good Christians” eat their ice cream elsewhere.