Non-New Zealand residents have been given permission to lodge online submissions in support of marriage equality legislation currently before New Zealand’s Parliament.

Australian LGBTI advocate Phil Browne recently made an inquiry to the country’s House of Representatives asking if overseas residents could contribute support to same-sex marriage legislation.

The Secretariat of the New Zealand Parliamentary Committee replied confirming their eligibility.

“It’s important that everyone who believes in equality, speaks up and support our Kiwi neighbours in their push for marriage equality.” Browne said.

“Not only will this assist New Zealanders, it will also further increase the momentum for change on a global scale, including here in Australia.

“I ask all Aussies, gay, straight or whatever, to take the time to speak up for equal rights for everyone.”

Having already passed the first reading of the bill in parliament, marriage equality legislation will now be taken to a select committee and face two more votes before it can become law.

Recent polls suggest nearly two-thirds of New Zealanders support extending marriage rights to same-sex couples.

Submissions can be made here until Friday, 26 October 2012.

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