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Same-Sex Married Couples in Missouri Can File Joint Tax Returns, Nixon Says

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Governor Nixon during the 2013 State of the State address. Nixon will deliver his State of the State Address for 2014 on Jan. 21/Credit: UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Governor Jay Nixon has issued an executive order directing the Missouri Department of Revenue to accept joint state income tax returns from same-sex married couples.

Nixon says Missouri law requires married couples who jointly file federal tax returns to also jointly file their state tax returns as well.

“What we’re doing today doesn’t violate Missouri’s constitution…this is not about the definition of marriage, this is about the structure of our tax code and Missouri law, which is clear (in that) legally married couples who file joint federal returns must also file joint state returns.”

Nixon says the executive order is necessary because of a recent ruling by the U-S Treasury Department recognizing the marriages of same-sex couples, even if they live in states that don’t recognize gay marriage.  He also told reporters today (Thursday) that he hopes Missouri voters get the chance to revisit the issue of same-sex marriage at the ballot box.

House Speaker Tim Jones Thursday released a statement calling the Governor’s executive order “nothing but an attempt to violate the voters’ will,” and a violation of the state’s constitutional amendment defining marriage as between one man an one woman. He is calling on Attorney General Chris Koster to provide a justification for the action.