Gay marriage campaigners in Australia are hoping to sweeten public opinion with free ice cream and a double scoop of love.
The Ice Cream Truck of Love will be traveling the country to raise awareness of marriage equality with the message that everyone deserves the chance to marry the person they love, no matter what the flavor.
In a campaign video on YouTube, writer and blogger Adrian Fernand said: ‘Some people like vanilla. Others might like strawberry. And some people like chocolate.
‘What if I were to say this person isn’t allowed ice cream, simply because I don’t like chocolate. Now that wouldn’t be fair now would it?
‘That’s why we believe everybody should have ice cream, no matter which flavor they like.’
Figures released on 13 April by the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee showed that almost 60% of Australians are in favor of allowing same-sex couples to marry, with 44,000 out of 75,000 submissions in favor.
However, the proposals have faced fierce opposition from right-wing politicians and Christian lobbyists, with Dr David Phillips, national president of Family Voice Australia, last week likening gay marriage to incest.
Ice Cream Truck of Love organizers are asking people to support the campaign by making a donation or becoming a volunteer to get their van and Australia on the road to marriage equality.