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Cory Bernardi Tried To Troll Same-Sex Couples And People Responded With Kindness

Happy anniversary Cory!

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Liberal senator Cory Bernardi, who is a strident opponent of marriage equality, posted about his 20th wedding anniversary on Twitter today.

I know the joy it will bring to the twittersphere that today is my 20th wedding anniversary. I can't wait to read your messages. #marriage

He was trying to bait people into abusing him for his 20 years of marriage. But instead, Bernardi was met with an outpouring of support.

@corybernardi Hoping your next 20 are just as enjoyable ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป @MjrElvisNewton

@corybernardi Congratulations! Happy anniversary!

@corybernardi Congrats to you and your wife Cory, keep up the great work.

But a fellow Australian traveller in NYC even offered to keep Bernardi company.

@corybernardi mate come down to the east village and see me if you want some company

@corybernardi congrats! And congrats to your wife. I would like to congratulate her too. What's her email address?

In fact, a couple of people made this kind suggestion.

Email his wife https://t.co/zjrSkaq0vU

Many people offered their sincere congratulations and also suggested Bernardi rethink his opposition to marriage equality at the same time.

@corybernardi 100% honest congratulations. Shows marriage is so much more than genital configuration. Hard work, love and trust.

@corybernardi Happy anniversary. May all couples have the freedom to celebrate in the same way very soon ๐ŸŒˆ๐ŸŒˆ๐ŸŒˆ

@corybernardi @ToryShepherd congrats on a happy marriage. I wish the institution was open to everyone in love

@corybernardi well done. One day the rest of us hope to know what a 20th wedding anniversary feels like

.@corybernardi As a living breathing human being (who happens to be gay), congrats on 20 years (even if you won't afford me the same rights)

@corybernardi congrats on 20yrs. It's a wonderful thing when 2 people who love each other can, and are allowed to make that commitment

Happy Anniversary to you & your wife @corybernardi My husband & I celebrated 22yrs last month, shame others in ourโ€ฆ https://t.co/UM7MAuJ7kL

Congratulations. It's a shame you don't want me to experience this one day, but congratulations nonetheless. https://t.co/FiLLusPlSl

Congratulations, twenty years of marriage is a wonderful achievement, everyone should have the right no matter yourโ€ฆ https://t.co/MpnUm4sd7C

@corybernardi Congratulations on your milestone, it's a rarity these days. Nice if everybody got the chance of 20 years of marriage.

And other just said, straight up, well done.

@corybernardi well I for one wish you a joyous, happy anniversary and congratulations...!

Congratulations to you and your wife. @corybernardi :)

@corybernardi fantastic achievement, takes a lot of work.

A congrats bot even got in on the action!

@corybernardi @wendoureeswans I have friends - a gay couple together over 35 yrs. Be nice if they could celebrate a wedding aniversary.

@corybernardi @workmanalice this type of provocation is exactly what you want Cory on SSM. you should be ashamed of yourself as an MP.

@corybernardi happy anniversary you massive bellend

@corybernardi Why would I be interested? Oh wait, you're preventing some other ppl enjoying the same privilege ๐Ÿ™„ https://t.co/v60XbA7NBH

@corybernardi ...who effing cares ๐Ÿ˜ด๐Ÿ’ค๐Ÿ’ค๐Ÿ’ค๐Ÿ’ค

@corybernardi you are an elected representative and entitled to opinions. But ridiculing those you disagree with is tacky #auspol

@corybernardi Your wife deserves a medal.

Another Twitter user, posing as a sedan, asked Bernardi to focus on the actual big issues facing the world today.

@corybernardi how can you celebrate your marriage when Angelina's had ended?

But despite the odd criticism for his anti-marriage equality stance and provocative tweet, mostly, congratulations just rolled on in.

@corybernardi ๐Ÿ˜ƒโค๏ธ๐ŸŒน

@corybernardi Whilst I might not always agree with you politically, congrats on 20 years.

@corybernardi Congratulations! May you have many many more.

@corybernardi ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿพ

@corybernardi Congratulations to both of you

@corybernardi Happy Anniversary Mr Bernardi๐ŸŽˆ

Happy 20th anniversary, Cory Bernardi.

@corybernardi @workmanalice the community you are trying to enrage with this tweet will not all reply the way you want. #lovewillwin

Lane Sainty is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Sydney, Australia.

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