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Ben & Jerry’s bans doubling up on favourite flavours in gay marriage protest

Ice cream fans in Australia are being starved of vanilla and mint choc chip ice cream after Ben & Jerry's banned the sale of two scoops of same flavor ice cream in protest at the government’s refusal to recognise same-sex marriage.

Instead frustrated customers will be presented with a box in which they can deposit letters of protest the discrimination to their local MP in a bid to have the law changed.

Announcing the move down under the American firm said: “Imagine heading down to your local Scoop Shop to order your favourite two scoops of Cookie Dough in a waffle cone. But you find out you are not allowed… you'd be furious!

“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 flavour 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!”

The Australian government in Canberra has said it is open to debating a change in the law but is refusing to allow a free vote on the issue.