Ice cream maker Ben & Jerry's on Thursday cheered initial approval of a gay marriage bill in the British Parliament.

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.

(Related: British 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 post.

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.