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Peace, Love, Ice Cream and Gay Marriage

Newlyweds to celebrate at Ben & Jerry's

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    Now that gay marriage is legal in the District, one pair of newlyweds is celebrating in a manner that gives new meaning to the term "wedded bliss."

    Ice cream cake!

    Keith Spangler and Andreas Vellios will have their wedding reception Thursday at Ben & Jerry's Scoop Shop in Georgetown.

    They'll be joined by the ice cream chain's co-founder, Jerry Greenfield, along with D.C. Councilmember David Catania (I-At Large), who sponsored D.C.'s gay marriage bill.

    "Equal rights and treatment for all people was a founding principle of Ben & Jerry's when we started the company over 30 years ago," Greenfield said. "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."

    This isn't the first time Catania has celebrated love with food. He also handed out boxes of chocolate and vanilla cupcakes last week to the first 200 couples who showed up to apply for marriage licenses in the District. 

    Ben & Jerry's, meanwhile, has a history of mixing indulgent desserts with social activism. In 2009, the chain renamed its "Chubby Hubby" ice cream flavor to "Hubby Hubby," to celebrate the legalization of gay marriages in the company's home state of Vermont.