New Mexico high court to hear arguments for same-sex marriage statewide

SANTA FE, New Mexico Sat Sep 7, 2013 2:00am BST

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SANTA FE, New Mexico (Reuters) - The New Mexico Supreme Court agreed on Friday to decide whether to legalise same-sex matrimony statewide, after several counties recently began issuing marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples, lawyers representing the couples said.

The state's high court set a hearing for October 23 to consider a request by the New Mexico Association of Counties for a decision that would settle the issue for all 33 counties statewide, according to the American Civil Liberties Union and the National Centre for Lesbian Rights.

(Reporting by Zelie Pollon; Writing by Steve Gorman; Editing by Peter Cooney)