New Mexico Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and Rep. Ben Ray Lujan are calling on the state's highest court to legalize gay marriage in the state.

In October, the New Mexico Supreme Court heard arguments in a case that seeks to clarify whether gay couples are allowed to marry in the state. A ruling is expected any day now.

“I am very hopeful that the New Mexico Supreme Court will find that our constitution supports full equality for all our citizens,” said Heinrich in a statement. “Marriage is the foundation of a strong community and I will do all I can to secure and protect this freedom for loving gay and lesbian couples and their families.”

Udall also reiterated his support: “I enthusiastically support the freedom to marry for everyone in New Mexico.”

The debate in New Mexico was ignited by Dona Ana County Clerk Lynn Ellins, who announced on August 21 that New Mexico's marriage laws, which are phrased in a gender-neutral manner, do not prohibit gay couples from marrying and independently began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Seven counties, representing nearly 60 percent of the state's population, have joined Dona Ana in issuing such licenses, some by court order.

“Now that legally married same-sex couples can access the critical federal protections so necessary in times of stress and crisis, it is important to ensure that every couple can make that personal choice of marriage,” Lujan said. “Gay and lesbian couples make the same contributions and sacrifices that we all do, including paying taxes, owning businesses and caring for their families. It is time everyone is treated equally under the law.”

New Mexico Unites for Marriage, the umbrella group working to move New Mexico into the marriage equality column, thanked the lawmakers for their support.

“We are extremely grateful to have Sens. Udall and Heinrich and Congressman Lujan onboard to support our work to win and defend marriage equality,” said Robert Adams, the group's campaign manager. “Over 1,700 same-sex couples have already married in New Mexico, and that fundamental freedom belongs to everyone in the state. New Mexico Unites for Marriage is committed to making that dream a reality.”