Australian expatriates married or living in countries that allow same-sex marriage are being encouraged to contribute to the Senate marriage inquiry currently underway.

We’re calling on Australian same-sex partners married and residing overseas to send their personal stories to the Australian Senate, Australian Marriage Equality national conevnor Peter Furness said.

Our hope is that these stories will highlight the benefits of equality, as well as the tragedy of overseas same-sex marriages not being recognised in Australia.

If you have straight friends living in countries which recognise marriage equality -” including the Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, Canada and South Africa -” encourage them to get involved with the inquiry as well.

We encourage straight Aussie expats living in places with full equality to write in about how the societies in which they live have benefited from marriage equality and how Australia will too, Furness said.

Submissions to the inquiry close on August 28 and can be made through the AME website http://www.australianmarriageequality.com/senatesubmission.htm.

info: For more on the Marriage Equality Amendment Bill visit http://www.aph.gov.au/Senate/committee/legcon_ctte/marriage_equality/index.htm.

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