In the eyes of the tax collector, it doesn’t matter if you’re gay or straight. Governor Nixon issues an executive order to have the Revenue Department recognize same-sex couples filing taxes jointly in Missouri.
Nixon says a ruling by the U.S. Department of the Treasury means he must take this action, because Missouri tax code is tied to the federal code.
“It’s pretty simple. If you jointly file with the IRS, you jointly file with the state Department of Revenue,” Nixon says. “As a result, accepting the jointly filed state tax returns of all legally married couples who file joint federal returns is the only appropriate course of action.”
Nixon’s order only deals with the filing of taxes, but he says he now believes any two people should be able to get married. He hopes Missouri voters will take another look at a 2004 change to the Constitution banning same-sex marriage. Republican Speaker of the House Tim Jones says Nixon is defying Missouri voters, and going against the state constitution, with his order.