Nearly two dozen legislators in New Mexico have filed a friend-of-the-court brief ahead of an Oct. 23 state Supreme Court hearing on the legality of same-sex marriage. The lawmakers contend that state marriage-license laws, such as separate categories for men and women, prohibit two people of the same gender to marry. The hearing aims to clarify the state's marriage laws after several county clerks began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples in August.

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