Gov. Nixon Shifts State Tax Policy for Same-Sex Couples

2 years ago November 14, 2013 Nov 14, 2013 Thursday, November 14 2013 Thursday, November 14, 2013 10:27:50 AM CST in News
By: Alex Mallin, KOMU 8 Reporter

JEFFERSON CITY - Gov. Jay Nixon issued an executive order Thursday allowing same-sex married couples who move to Missouri to jointly file state tax returns.

Just a year ago, Gov. Nixon told KOMU 8 News that he opposed gay marriage, but today he struck a different chord.

"Many Missourians, including myself, are thinking about these issues of equality in new ways and reflecting on what constitutes discrimination," Nixon said. "For me that process has led to the belief that we shouldn't treat folks differently just because of who they are."

Nixon said that under the Missouri State Constitution, gay marriage is still not recognized under law. He said the executive order would not be in violation of that law.

"This is not about the definition of marriage, this is about the structure of our tax code," Nixon said. "The question of whether same-sex marriage should be recognized in Missouri is a separate issue. One that I hope that quite frankly Missouri voters will have another opportunity to visit."

Nixon's order specifically directs the Department of Revenue to accept the jointly-filed state tax returns of all legally married couples. 

Nixon explained that the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service ruled in August that legally married same-sex couples would be treated as married for federal tax purposes.

The Governor said the move is essentially the state adjusting to that federal ruling, and said the only way the state would legally begin to recognize same-sex marriage would be after a vote from the people.

The Governor's office said it doesn't have a current estimate on how many Missourians will be effected by the policy change.

Missouri House Speaker Tim Jones sent out a release responding to Nixon's executive order with the following statement:

"Once again, Governor Nixon is trying to play to all sides of every issue, indulging his liberal ideals while hedging his bets by saying the courts have forced his hand. The Governor's job is to defend our state's constitution - including the constitutional amendment defining marriage as between one man and one woman, that was passed overwhelmingly in this state - not to surrender to the whims of the Obama administration. This executive order is nothing but an attempt to violate the voters' will, unlawfully ignoring a constitutional amendment to provide the Governor's liberal allies a policy victory. Furthermore, I would call upon Gov. Nixon to supply the legal opinion from Attorney General Koster providing the justification for the action he took today in ignoring the Constitution of the State of Missouri."

 

More News

Grid
List
JEFFERSON CITY – Disaster survivors will receive $29.2 million grants from the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Individuals and Households Program.... More >>
1 hour ago February 08, 2016 Feb 8, 2016 Monday, February 08 2016 Monday, February 08, 2016 5:52:09 PM CST in Continuous News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A St. Louis utility company is pushing back on the federal government's plan to cut carbon... More >>
2 hours ago February 08, 2016 Feb 8, 2016 Monday, February 08 2016 Monday, February 08, 2016 5:18:19 PM CST in Continuous News
CALLAWAY COUNTY – 21-year-old Harley Walls was arrested in St. Peters when he was located in possession of one vehicle... More >>
2 hours ago February 08, 2016 Feb 8, 2016 Monday, February 08 2016 Monday, February 08, 2016 4:53:32 PM CST in Continuous News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - Two proposals aimed at requiring Missourians to show photo ID before voting are heading to the... More >>
3 hours ago February 08, 2016 Feb 8, 2016 Monday, February 08 2016 Monday, February 08, 2016 4:22:37 PM CST in Continuous News
COLUMBIA - The State Historical Society of Missouri (SHSM) held its first time event last Monday to address Thomas Hart... More >>
1 week ago January 29, 2016 Jan 29, 2016 Friday, January 29 2016 Friday, January 29, 2016 7:20:03 PM CST in Continuous News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A man convicted of a 1994 homicide in St. Louis is planning to appeal his case... More >>
3 hours ago February 08, 2016 Feb 8, 2016 Monday, February 08 2016 Monday, February 08, 2016 3:59:58 PM CST in Continuous News
JEFFERSON CITY - A proposed bill in the Missouri House would require all schools supported by public funds to recite... More >>
3 hours ago February 08, 2016 Feb 8, 2016 Monday, February 08 2016 Monday, February 08, 2016 3:47:04 PM CST in Continuous News
COLUMBIA - The downtown community improvement district (CID) is ready to start the first phase of The Gateways project. ... More >>
3 hours ago February 08, 2016 Feb 8, 2016 Monday, February 08 2016 Monday, February 08, 2016 3:32:43 PM CST in Continuous News
FERGUSON (AP) — New estimates show Ferguson's cost of implementing reforms spelled out in a consent agreement with the U.S.... More >>
4 hours ago February 08, 2016 Feb 8, 2016 Monday, February 08 2016 Monday, February 08, 2016 3:27:45 PM CST in Continuous News
COLUMBIA - In a letter to faculty and staff on Monday, MU Interim Chancellor Hank Foley said Daniel Clay, dean... More >>
4 hours ago February 08, 2016 Feb 8, 2016 Monday, February 08 2016 Monday, February 08, 2016 3:23:30 PM CST in Continuous News
JEFFERS ON CITY (AP) — A Missouri lawmaker is pushing for a program that would track prescription drugs and let... More >>
4 hours ago February 08, 2016 Feb 8, 2016 Monday, February 08 2016 Monday, February 08, 2016 3:12:32 PM CST in Continuous News
JEFFERSON CITY – Morgan Keegan will pay $850,000 for Mamtek securities fraud. Secretary of State Jason Kander announced on... More >>
4 hours ago February 08, 2016 Feb 8, 2016 Monday, February 08 2016 Monday, February 08, 2016 2:55:09 PM CST in Continuous News
COLUMBIA - The Columbia Police Department announced Monday they identified a body found near the Highway 63 and I-70 interchange... More >>
5 hours ago February 08, 2016 Feb 8, 2016 Monday, February 08 2016 Monday, February 08, 2016 1:29:00 PM CST in Continuous News
COLUMBIA - Middle schoolers beginning of the year math proficiency scores dropped for the second year in a row, according... More >>
6 hours ago February 08, 2016 Feb 8, 2016 Monday, February 08 2016 Monday, February 08, 2016 1:17:30 PM CST in Continuous News
COLUMBIA – High blood pressure, also known as HBP or hypertension, is a widely misunderstood medical condition. Some people think... More >>
9 hours ago February 08, 2016 Feb 8, 2016 Monday, February 08 2016 Monday, February 08, 2016 10:09:29 AM CST in Continuous News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis police say a 24-year-old man who was struck and killed on Interstate 44 last... More >>
8 hours ago February 08, 2016 Feb 8, 2016 Monday, February 08 2016 Monday, February 08, 2016 11:24:34 AM CST in Continuous News
COLUMBIA - Boone Hospital Nifong Medical Plaza opened its doors for the first time Monday in south Columbia. The... More >>
3 days ago February 05, 2016 Feb 5, 2016 Friday, February 05 2016 Friday, February 05, 2016 6:31:07 PM CST in Continuous News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Federal agents in St. Louis say security cameras helped lead to the arrest of a serial... More >>
12 hours ago February 08, 2016 Feb 8, 2016 Monday, February 08 2016 Monday, February 08, 2016 7:23:36 AM CST in Continuous News
Interactive Radar Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 25°
8pm 25°
9pm 25°
10pm 25°
11pm 25°

Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:

Coming Up Next

7:30 pm
Telenovela
8:00 pm
The Biggest Loser
10:00 pm
KOMU 8 News @ 10
7:00 pm
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
8:00 pm
Jane the Virgin
9:00 pm
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW

Tonight's Schedule

7:00 pm
Superstore
7:30 pm
Telenovela
8:00 pm
The Biggest Loser
7:00 pm
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
8:00 pm
Jane the Virgin
9:00 pm
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30 pm
Seinfeld