Nearly 140 faith leaders endorsed legalizing gay marriage in New Mexico in a full page ad that ran on Wednesday in 4 major newspapers.

The ads ran in the Albuquerque Journal, The Santa Fe New Mexican, Las Cruces Sun News and The Alibi.

“Today's ads represent the outpouring of support among people of faith in New Mexico who know that every gay or lesbian person is a member of someone's family, and should be treated with compassion and respect,” said the Reverend David Wilson Rogers, Pastor at First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Carlsbad. “Many of us serve thousands of families every year and the freedom to marry is consistent with our faith and our values.”

The ad's headline reads: “We are faith leaders. And we support the freedom to marry in New Mexico.”

The Why Marriage Matters New Mexico campaign paid for the ad.

Pastor Harry Eberts of the First Presbyterian Church in Santa Fe pointed out that churches would still be protected if gay couples were allowed to marry.

“No church or faith leader would ever have to perform marriages for couples if it went against their religious beliefs or violated their church doctrine,” Ebets said in a statement.

The New Mexico Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments on October 23 in a case asking the court to allow gay couples to marry in the state.

View the full ad.