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Petition To Boycott CoopersGains Momentum

A petition started by Mardi Gras board member and DIY Rainbows founder, James Brechney, has called for a Boycott of Coopers Brewery following its recent alignment with the Bible Society, a group that openly opposes marriage equality.

Writing in the petition, Brechney describes the company’s alliance with the Bible Society as shameful.

“Coopers products are staples of straight and gay venues alike. We are calling on all individuals that support equality under the law to sign this petition to boycott all their products and for venues to re-assess and remove their supplier deals with Coopers,” Brechney wrote.

Additionally Brechney has called for Coopers to come out in support of marriage equality and make a donation towards the campaigns of Just Equal and Make it Law.

Coopers recently produced 10,000 cases of beer for the Bible Society printed with Bible verses.

The beer then appeared in the first segment of a new video series called Keeping it Light in which the Bible Society encourages light conversations on the heaviest of subjects. The first video featured two Liberal party MPs discussing the issue of marriage equality.

Since the video appeared, Coopers has distanced itself from the campaign, releasing a statement saying they did not give permission for their brand to be featured in the video.

Brechney’s petition, started less than 24 hours ago, has already gained over 1000 signatures.

You can sign the petition here.

This article was originally published on Gay News Network.

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sugarwalls said on the 14th

Great to see bigotry is rife. As only white Liberal/National men are to blame for all the GLBTIQ issues.

It would be great if the same activists took the same stance towards halal cerification a fee that supports a religion that is sexist and homophobic but I guess that does not fit the narrative of the ignorant left.


Irene said on the 14th

It seems to be largely irrelevant now. Hopefully, this video is sincere.


Irene said on the 14th

Managing Director of Coopers Brewery Tim Cooper and Chair of the company Melanie Cooper said they were "incredibly saddened" by the effect the 'Keeping It Light' advertising campaign has had on consumers of the brand's products.

"On behalf of the Coopers Board and seniors staff, we're incredibly saddened by the impact our involvement with the Bible Society has had on our valued Coopers drinkers and our extended family," Tim Cooper said.

"As a long-standing, philanthropic company, Coopers Brewery has been passionate about supporting all aspects of our community.

"Our company's guiding principles have centred around respect for others and, as such, the recent activities surrounding the video made by the Bible society has conflicted with our core values."

The Cooper family also distanced itself further from the campaign, saying the Brewery did not approve of the Bible Society video, which featured Liberal Party ministers Andrew Hastie and Tim Wilson sipping Coopers Premium Light.

"Coopers never intended to make light of such an important issue and would never, and did not, approve the making or release of the Bible Society video debate," Tim Cooper said.

Melanie Cooper went on to say the company is supportive of marriage equality and has always supported diversity in the community.

"Coopers Brewery has always been supportive of diversity and encourages inedividualism. Our company supports marriage equality," she began.

"Offence has been taken by our recent involvement for which we are deeply sorry. We have listened to a range of community views, we acknowledge this feedback and respect everyone's individual opinions and beliefs."

She also confirmed the company will cancel its line of Bible Society beer and join marriage equality advocacy group, Marriage Equality Australia.

"We've consequently cancelled the release of our Bible Society commemorative cans and we'll be taking steps to show our further support for our community, including joining Marriage Equality Australia," she said.

"Our company brews great beer that we're passionate about and we warmly embrace all Australians. Thank you for your time and your continued support."


TheOldie said on the 15th

Miranda C..t Devine is having a field day with this.................................


local_warming said on the 15th

Why does one need a petition to decide whether or not they need to drink Coopers beer? Are you really that directionless that you can't make that decision of your own volition


Barrin said on the 16th

Great article on Spiked:


TheOldie said on the 16th

this part stood out to me

The furious war against Coopers over a discussion of gay marriage swiftly moved to New Zealand, like a contagion of intolerance spreading through the Antipodes.