The ‘Yes’ campaign: insult and the colour purple

I wrote recently that the ‘Yes’ campaign logic is somewhat lacking.

First of all it started by responding to every argument against the redefinition of marriage with this:


Yes. That’s it.

The ‘No’ campaign can point to the loss of liberty, religious freedom and the tyranny of laws that remove the ability of conservatives to engage in debate as just some of the problems associated with recognising that homosexual relationships are equivalent to marriages.

And then there’s ‘Safe Schools’ and the requirement for homosexual sex education as part of any education system in a nation that legalises same-sex marriage.

In response, the ‘Yes’ campaign gave us a colour. Purple.

It looks nice but, as a debate clincher, purple just doesn’t cut it. Not by itself. And not dressed up with a bunch of other colours either.

A colour is a colour. It’s not an answer.

And that’s why the ‘Yes’ campaign has another ace up its sleeve.


First we had Tim Minchin call us all c***s. And now we’ve got some other dude who has somehow managed to be even less funnier than Minchin respond to the first Coalition for Marriage advertisement with insult and ridicule.

Now, don’t get me wrong, insult and ridicule can be very effective. And when it is, it cuts to the core of the issue.

Unfortunately for Christian, his insult and ridicule failed to do this. But it did succeed in making him look stupid.

So I give it 10 out of 10…

Author: Bernard Gaynor

Bernard Gaynor is a married father of eight children. He has a background in military intelligence, Arabic language and culture and is an outspoken advocate of conservative and family values.

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