Sydney (AFP) - A leading Australian bridal magazine has shut after being ditched by advertisers for refusing to feature same-sex couples, one year after the country changed its marriage laws.

The Christian founders of “White”, Luke and Carla Burrell, said they did not feature gay weddings in their magazine as they had “no desire to create a social, political or legal war”.

In a farewell blog on Saturday, the couple said they were targeted by activists because of their stance and forced to “pick a side”.