A slight majority of New Mexico voters support gay marriage.

According to a poll conducted September 18-22 by Anzalone Liszt Grove Research and paid for by the coalition of groups behind a campaign to legalize such unions in New Mexico, 51 percent of respondents said that they favor gay nuptials, while 42 percent said that they remain opposed.

The poll arrives just weeks before the New Mexico Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments in a case that could make New Mexico the 14th state to legalize marriage for gay and lesbian couples.

“This poll confirms what we already knew: New Mexicans are ready to extend the freedom to marry to loving, committed same-sex couples,” said Amber Royce, executive director of Equality New Mexico, one of the groups behind the Why Marriage Matters New Mexico campaign.

“Equally important, it shows that most New Mexicans don't believe marriage equality will have much, if any, impact on their own lives,” Royce added, a reference to the finding that 55 percent of voters believe that a court decision legalizing such unions would have “not much” or “no impact at all” on their family and community.

“It is clear that if the New Mexico Supreme Court upholds the lower court's ruling, the majority of people would embrace that decision,” said Peter Simonson, executive director of ACLU-NM, which is backing the lawsuit. “Voters don't want a constitutional amendment on the ballot. They want all New Mexicans to be able to marry the person they love.”

Fifty-four percent of New Mexican voters also said that they would oppose amending the New Mexico Constitution to exclude gay couples from marriage.