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Here Is How Australia's Newspapers Heralded Marriage Equality

"Our rainbow nation."

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This morning, the governor-general Sir Peter Cosgrove gave royal assent to legislation legalising same-sex marriage in Australia following its historic passage in parliament on Thursday evening.

From January 9 same-sex couples in Australia will be able to wed, and from this weekend they can give notice of their intent to marry.

As Australians woke up this morning to a country where same-sex marriage will soon be legal, most Australian newspapers published similar front pages to record the moment.

The Sydney Morning Herald led with the already iconic photo of Labor MP Linda Burney leaping into the arms of Liberal MP Warren Entsch after the legislation passed.

Good morning. Here's today's front page of the Herald https://t.co/eEH8m1plEu

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As did the Canberra Times.

Today's @canberratimes front page, complete with a rainbow border #marriageequality

The Herald Sun had the same idea.

"Our pollies prove they can get something done."

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The Adelaide Advertiser has a local couple on the front page.

Today's @theTiser front page #Adelaide #SouthAustralia #SAParli #FrontPagesToday

And the Telegraph was...well, the Telegraph.

The front page of tomorrow's The Daily Telegraph @dailytelegraph

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The paper has opted to reprise the idea of having actor Ed O'Neill on its front page; O'Neill appeared on page one as his Married With Children character, Al Bundy, after the postal survey result was announced in November.

Except this time it is in his role on Modern Family, and they appear to have photoshopped his head onto his own body...for some reason.


Josh Taylor is a news editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in Sydney.

Contact Josh Taylor at josh.taylor@buzzfeed.com.

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