Same-sex wedding magazine cover a first

Last updated 13:54 17/03/2013
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JUST MARRIED: This week's issue of Woman's Day will feature the first ever front page photograph of a same-sex couple.

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Newlywed entertainer Lynda Topp and her wife will feature on the front of Woman's Day this week - in the publication's first same-sex couple cover ever. 

Topp wed her bride, Donna Luxton, at the couple's shared business, Topp Lodge, in the small South Canterbury town of Staveley on March 9.

Woman's Day reports the wedding was "a true country hoe-down with cowboy hats, boots and plaid shirts alongside the bridal bouquet and wedding cake. A miniature pony played ringbearer, trotting down the aisle to Shania Twain's classic You're Still the One".

Although the ceremony was a civil union, the pair consider themselves a married couple.  

"Let's get one thing straight, this is not a civil union - it's a marriage. We just happen to be a little bit ahead of everyone," Topp told the magazine.

"I think everybody should be able to stand up and say, 'I'm getting married'."

Woman's Day editor Sido Kitchin said, "with New Zealand one step closer to making gay marriages legal, the timing of this week's cover story is uncanny. The Topp Twins are national treasures and have brought Kiwis so much joy. Woman's Day wishes Lynda a lifetime of love and happiness with her new bride."

This issue goes on sale tomorrow.

Last week Parliament moved a step closer to legalising gay marriage after a resounding vote in support of the law change.

MPs backed the bill by 77 votes to 44 in its second reading.

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