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DC Gay Couple Marry at Ben and Jerrys


In honor of the legalization of same-sex marriage in Washington, D.C., Keith Spangler-Vellios and Andreas Vellios tied the knot Thursday at the Georgetown location of Ben & Jerry's. The chain's cofounder and the same-sex marriage bill's sponsor David Catania were on hand for the ceremony.

"Equal rights and treatment for all people was a founding principle of Ben & Jerry's when we started the company over 30 years ago," Jerry Greenfield, cofounder of Ben & Jerry's, said in a statement. "We are proud that the District of Columbia is recognizing the rights of gay and lesbian couples to marry and are happy to celebrate the milestone with an ice cream wedding cake and best wishes for the happy couple."

Catania toasted the couple, speaking to the meaning of marriage equality in the nation's capital.

Ben & Jerry's stepped into the marriage equality debate last year when it renamed its signature Chubby Hubby flavor "Hubby Hubby" at its Vermont shops when same-sex marriage was legalized in the state last September. The Vermont-based company teamed up with Freedom to Marry that month to spread the word about marriage equality.

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