|(Gov. Jay Nixon)|
Earlier today, Governor Jay Nixon (D) officially came out in support of legalizing same-sex marriage in Missouri and issued an executive order allowing the state limited recognition of legal gay marriages from other states (such as Iowa) where they are legal -- at least for joint tax purposes:
In an executive order, Nixon directed the Department of Revenue to accept the combined returns as a reaction to the June ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court striking down the federal Defense of Marriage Act. That law barred same sex couples who were legally married from receiving any marriage-based federal benefits, such as tax exemptions and Social Security payments.Of course, joint tax returns can be a mixed blessing! But congratulations on this small win, Missouri!
Under state law, couples who file a joint federal return are required to file a combined state tax return. The executive order clarifies that the law applies to all couples, Nixon said.
The executive order does not alter state restrictions on same-sex marriages, Nixon said. Those marriages are banned under the Missouri Constitution. “This is not about the definition of marriage, this is about the structure of our tax code and Missouri law, which is clear,” Nixon said.
Updated on 11/20/13: Representative Nick Marshall (R) of Parkville, MO, has announced plans to seeks articles of impeachment against Gov. Jay Nixon. Last week, Gov. Nixon issued an executive order allowing married same-sex couples to file joint tax returns.