What do old, white, sex-obsessed people do three days after they’ve lost a national vote about tolerance and fairness? If you’re the Australian Christian Lobby, you hold a conference and talk about masturbation.

Embolden17, held in Sydney on Saturday, was the launchpad for the ACL’s new initiative, the Centre for Human Dignity, which appears to be anti-porn, anti-abortion and anti-euthanasia. About 400 people turned up to hear Wendy Francis, the Queensland state director of the ACL, who has equated same-sex marriage to "legalising child abuse", do the launch. She said that due to pornography, our society was “marionating (sic) in the vile soup of degradation”.