Ben & Jerry Support N.Y. Marriage Equality

Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield, co-founders of ice cream makers Ben & Jerry’s, have voiced their support for legalizing marriage equality in New York by recording a video for the Human Rights Campaign’s New Yorkers for Marriage Equality series.

Watch the 30-second video below:

With the end of the legislative session on June 20 fast approaching, it is thought that marriage equality advocates Gov. Andrew Cuomo and a bipartisan coalition of voices are preparing to make their move and introduce or advance legislation to make New York the sixth state to allow same-sex marriage.

While a majority of Democrats are known to support the bill, Senator Rev. Rubén Díaz has been vehemently opposed while three other Democratic senators remain undecided. Republican support will also be needed to pass the conservative-controlled chamber.

According to the Wall Street Journal, a senate Republican spokesperson has revealed that Majority Leader Dean Skelos, who is against the legislation but has said he will not block it from coming to the floor, will discuss the issue with his members at a conference meeting this week. 

A recent survey by Gannett’s Albany Bureau suggests that the fate of gay marriage in New York rides on how eight as yet undecided senators vote if and when a measure comes to the floor in the Senate. Support in the House remains steady and no trouble is anticipated in the lower chamber. Read more here.

A Quinnipiac poll released in the last few weeks confirms record support for marriage equality in the state at 58% of respondents favoring marriage equality. Previous polls have also suggested 58% support marriage equality in the state.

For previous coverage of efforts to legalize marriage equality in New York, please click here.

Image taken from the HRC video under fair use terms, no infringement intended.


Duane B.
.5 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Past Member
Past Member 5 years ago

I'm buying ice cream after work tomorrow! Hurrah!

Pat L.
Patricia L5 years ago

It's always great to see people like Ben and Jerry, who have run their company compassionately and treated their employees fairly, speak publicly in favor of legalizing marriage equality in New York. Several years ago my husband and I visited their ice cream plant and were amazed by the wonderful way it was run. These guys became successful by sticking to their principles and respecting people. It's no surprise they back the Human Rights Campaign.

Lisa S.
Lisa Schröder6 years ago

Showing my support to the cause by buying the product, which as it happens, is ice-cream. Win/win?

Allan Yorkowitz
.6 years ago

I'm not surprised they have not endorsed this cause long ago.

Judith Corrigan
Judith Corrigan6 years ago

Way to go!

David Monroe
David Monroe6 years ago

Ben and Jerry are great guys. Capitalists who care about their fellow Americans and know that maximizing profits might be what corporations are designed to do but as human beings they recognize other priorities!

Lynne B.
Lynne Buckley6 years ago

Thank you Ben and Jerry for vocalising your support.

Olga Leonenko
Olga Leonenko6 years ago

Grerat job!!!

Norma V.
Norma Villarreal6 years ago

Way to go, Ben and Jerry.