Ice cream maker Ben & Jerry's on
Thursday cheered initial approval of a gay marriage bill in the
The bill, which seeks to legalize
marriage equality in Britain and Wales, cleared the House of Commons
after a 6-hour debate which included speeches from more than 70
members of parliament. The measure now moves to the committee stage.
House of Commons gives initial nod to gay marriage bill.)
“This is a huge step forward for
marriage equality everywhere, and we hope to see this latest bill
become law,” the company said in a Facebook
Last year, Ben & Jerry's renamed
its Oh My! Apple Pie ice cream to Apple-y Ever After in the UK in
support of making Britain the 12th nation to legalize
marriage equality. The ice cream's packaging featured a gay male
couple dressed in tuxes while holding a bouquet of flowers atop a
wedding cake decorated with bands of gay rainbow colors.
In 2009, the ice cream maker renamed
Chubby Hubby to Hubby Hubby to celebrate passage of a gay marriage
law in its home state of Vermont.