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Anonymous Donor Encourages Contributions To Australian Marriage Equality

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Source & photo credit: Australian Marriage Equality on Facebook.

Australian Marriage Equality received an offer for a very generous donation of up to $20,000 last month; though, there was a catch. The anonymous donor has provided incentive for people to help out the amazing cause, offering to donate up to $20,000 by matching dollar for dollar the amount given to the organisation before midnight January 15th.

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Source: Australian Marriage Equality on Facebook.

Alongside other equal rights associations, they’ve campaigned tirelessly to raise the amount needed to total $40,000 – $20,000 from supporters and $20,000 from the kind donor. Even with all of their efforts, they’re still coming up short. As of around 8:45pm, they had raised an incredible $15,822 – still $4,180 shy from the $20,000, but there is still time.

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Source: Equal Marriage Rights Australia on Facebook.

If you support marriage equality in Australia, tonight would be an amazing time to speak up in a pertinent way. By donating whatever you can before midnight (every dollar helps), you’re ensuring that they receive double that amount. There has never been a better time to support our fellow Aussies; so please, give with love so that we can support those who are not yet allowed to love freely enough to legally marry. Click here to go directly to their donation page, or follow the link from their Facebook post here.

UPDATE: As of 10pm they’ve reached $16,491! Can we get them over the line in time?

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UPDATE: They’ve reached 18,193! 20 minutes to go!

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UPDATE: Just $745 short of their $20,000 goal, Australian Marriage Equality has received an extention from their generous donor until 3am (midnight in Western Australia). Can they get there? Thanks to the generosity of the general public, I think that they can.

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Cory Bernardi – Conservative ‘Values’ Or An Excuse To Be A Bigot?

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It is tough to decipher whether or not the conservative bigots are truly a dying breed, but they are certainly no longer being tolerated. While those who spout their hate speech feel justified and supported, the rest of us are standing against them with a stronger, more unified voice – we will no longer allow these fear-mongers to spread their hateful speech unchallenged.

Bernardi’s views have again surfaced since the recent release of his controversial new book, ‘The Conservative Revolution‘ in which he accuses women of undergoing abortions only as “an abhorrent form of birth control” and speaks out strongly against what he calls ‘non-traditional’ families including step-families, same-sex parent families and single-parent families. The book features a glowing review from Andrew Bolt on the cover which, even without the disgraceful content, is reason enough for people to turn away from the book. Bernardi has also previously made anti-Islamic remarks, called for a ban of the Burqa, has called migrants “welfare squatters” and equates homosexual relations to beastiality.

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Description: “An unapologetic advocate for mainstream values, Cory Bernardi presents a bold vision for a stronger nation that is founded on conservative principles. He takes the fight to the political left and calls for an overturning of the existing moral relativism that threatens Australia’s way of life. Bernardi argues that the best way to tackle this threat is to protect and defend the traditional institutions that have stood the test of time, something that he has done during his time as a senator in the Australian Parliament. Bernardi’s work courageously promotes the conservative cause and sets out a path to a better Australia through a commitment to faith, family, flag, freedom and free enterprise. This volume reminds us that conservative principles – not the populist whims of the left – generate enduring stability, success and strength. That is why we need a conservative revolution.”

Many publications are describing the outrage over Bernardi’s 19th-century views as ‘attacks’ on him, including the statements made by fellow Liberal, Warren Entsch, whereas Bernardi’s statements are simply being described as ‘his values’. I’d beg to differ. Bernardi’s own words are a series of attacks; he attacks literally everyone who does not fit his idea of a conventional family; again, including (but not limited to), homosexuals, single parents, step-parents, and women have have/will undergo an abortion. His conservative ‘values’ are outdated and hateful, and the reaction to such ridiculousness has been loud and clear.

Statements are emerging from various figures in the public eye, including the recent comments from Liberal MP, Warren Entsch. Entsch took particular exception to Bernadi’s attack on non-traditional families and the homosexual population. He explains that “he’s obviously got an obsession with people that are gay, it worries me. You’ve really got to watch out for those that have these obsessions. He who protests the loudest…” He also questioned what Bernardi’s reaction would be if he were to discover that a family member of his own is gay, “would he advocate sterilisation?” Entsch asks. Given the ridiculousness of Bernardi’s claims, I wouldn’t be surprised if he would.

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Warren Entsch. Source: The Cairns Post

Senator Bernardi is having trouble coming to terms with the backlash from his fellow MP, telling News Corp Australia that “the lawyers are having a look at it“. Best of luck to Bernardi I suppose; there are endless masses of intelligent and open-minded people who are speaking out against him, will he try to take legal action against them all?

Another well-known Aussie figure has spoken out against Berdardi on the show that she co-hosts, ‘The Project’. Carrie Bickmore responded to Bernardi’s now well-known question, “why then the levels of criminality among boys and promiscuity among girls who are brought up in single parent families, more often than not headed by a single mother?” Bickmore is herself a single mother, after losing her husband, Greg Lange to cancer in 2010, just three years after she gave birth to their son, Oliver. As an inspirational, working woman who is by all accounts an incredible mother, Bickmore was ready to take down Bernardi with her concise sentence, “I grew up in a non-traditional family and I’m currently raising a son in a non-traditional family, so he can get stuffed.” She furthered her strong statement by reassuring others that, “If you’re offended by Bernardi, don’t be, he’s not worth being offended by“. Representing so many, Bickmore’s quote went viral, sparking an emotive response and earning her strong support.

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The news of Bernardi’s despicable attacks has now spread world-wide to the very well-respected, George Takei. Takei has garnered the favour of over 5.5 million on Facebook with his humour, personality and for being an advocate of homosexual rights. This morning he posted the link to Bernardi’s book on Amazon with the description, “In Australia, opposition to marriage equality has a champion in conservative politician Cory Bernardi, who warns in his book that it would lead to polygamy and bestiality. Our friends Down Under penned some epic reviews…Oh Myyy.” – George Takei on Facebook

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From George Takei’s Facebook.

The comment section is equally as hopeful, given that the news of Bernardi’s views (being an elected official) could give way to the consideration that our country is really as backwards as some already believe. The top comments (and subsequent responses) speak volumes…

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From George Takei’s Facebook.

The reviews in which Takei refers to are indeed a welcome sight. They detail the collective public perspective of Bernardi and his beliefs, bringing the overall book rating to a dismal (and deserved) 1.8 out of 5. Of course we need to account for the random conservatives who have rated this rubbish with a gloating 5/5, though there are also some reviews who have given the high rating in an ironic sense. The following is an example of this ironic 5/5:

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From Amazon.com

The rest are a variety of outraged yet witty responses that give Bernardi the same level of respect to which he has given those he has slandered. The most ‘helpful’ reviews are certainly the most entertaining, giving George Takei (and the rest of us) all a good chuckle.

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From Amazon.com

Another image that went viral this week was the peaceful graffiti painted on Bernardi’s Liberal MP sign. The rainbow of love and equality represents a simple message to Bernardi that hatred is no longer tolerated.

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As for his political career? He will certainly not survive another round of elections given that even his own party has turned their back on him. Nobody wants to be associated with such unpopular/publicly condemned views, not even the Liberals. Bernardi’s efforts and forceful speech brings to mind the Westboro Baptist Church – an infamous hate organisation acting under (what they perceive to be) the ‘word of God’. Good luck with your ‘conservative revolution’, Bernardi. Your uprising is, and will always be, nothing more than the hateful rantings of a fool and his minions. So please, by all means keep picketing in circles. Yes, the country needs to be rid of those who are hold negative values, but unfortunately for you and your supporters Mr. Bernardi, that would be you.

UPDATE: Cory Bernardi breaks his Twitter silence to announce a second print run of his book. What he doesn’t realise is that people only purchased it to see what all of the fuss was about – like those who can’t look away from a car accident.

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