Dozens of supporting briefs in gay marriage cases

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A total of 27 groups, organizations and coalitions have filed friend of the court briefs urging a federal appeals court to legalize gay marriage in Utah and Oklahoma.

In addition to a group of Western Republicans and national associations of sociologists and psychologists, an argument was also submitted before the Tuesday midnight deadline by a coalition of companies including Starbucks, eBay, Facebook and Google.

Last month, 26 groups filed friend of the court briefs asking the court to uphold same-sex marriage bans in the two states.

Hearings are set for mid-April before the Denver-based 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The judges must decide if they agree with federal judges in Utah and Oklahoma who ruled the state same-sex marriage bans violate gay and lesbian couples' Constitutional rights.

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