The Tasmanian Gay and Lesbian Rights Group (TGLRG) has launched a new website to allow supporters of parenting equality to make their views known to state legislators.

Equality Tasmania lets people send a letter to Tasmania’s Upper House members to advocate for changes to the current laws.

Last month, state Liberals tried unsuccessfully to exclude same-sex couples from a government bill decriminalising and recognising altruistic surrogacy arrangements.

TGLRG spokesman Rodney Croome said he fears a similar move may occur in the Upper House and is asking supporters of equality to use the new website to make their views known to MPs.

“The Australian Christian Lobby has organised a large-scale letter-writing campaign but I am confident the voices of those who support equality will send our Upper House an even stronger message,” Croome said.

“In the five days since the site went live, 1700 letters have been sent by a wide variety of people across Tasmania, including some very powerful personal stories.”

The Tasmanian Upper House is expected to vote on the surrogacy bill next month. The chamber is made up largely of independents.

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