Missouri to Gays: You Can't Get Married Here, But We Will Take Your Tax Dollars

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Missouri governor Jay Nixon issued an executive order Thursday afternoon requiring the Missouri Department of Revenue to accept joint tax returns for legally married same-sex couples in Missouri.

The order means same-sex marriages will be recognized for state tax purposes.

The change follows a ruling in August from the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service that determined legally married gay couples can file their federal taxes jointly -- whether or not their state recognizes same-sex marriage.

The executive order does not authorize or sanction same-sex marriage, which is banned in Missouri's constitution. Missouri is the first state to forbid gay marriage or civil unions and not recognize out-of-state same-sex marriages to accept joint filings from married gay couples.

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See also: Illinois House Approves Same-Sex Marriage

"Missouri is one of a number of states whose tax code is directly tied to that of the federal government and under Missouri law, legally married couples who file joint federal tax returns with the IRS must also file joint state returns with our state Department of Revenue," Nixon says in a statement. "As a result, accepting the jointly-filed state tax returns of all legally-married couples who file federal returns is the only appropriate course of action, given Missouri statutes and the ruling by the U.S. Department of the Treasury."

PROMO called Nixon's order a "consistent and pragmatic approach" to the new federal rules for tax filing.

"We applaud the governor for giving clarity to same-sex couples and providing guidance on how we complete tax return information in the state of Missouri," concluded A.J. Bockelman, executive director of PROMO.

Follow Lindsay Toler on Twitter at @StLouisLindsay. E-mail the author at Lindsay.Toler@RiverfrontTimes.com.


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Sean David Herron
Sean David Herron

Again, Bumpkin says, "The Bible clearly states that marriage is between two nomadic Hebrews of the opposite sex"...womp womp

Alex Peck
Alex Peck

Somebody has to pay for the aids meds..

Lauren Wagner
Lauren Wagner

Marriage in Mo really costs more as of now...at least for taxes?

Casey McBroom
Casey McBroom

Here's a fucking idea... Why don't all you altruists stay out of everyone's bedroom, and their wallet? Christian or secular atheist, most of you advocate for on rights violating side, or another. Fuck all of you! - Marriage is a contract issue that involves gov't protecting contracts, not a spiritual one. Save that bullshit for your church. Let the church decide whether they recognize your marriage in the 'eye's of god' b.s.. Oh, and remember it's you christians with the highest divorce rate in the nation.... Man you people are dumb. -Furthermore, taxes in this christian anti-freedom context means only one thing... This is the way freedom hating christians punish those they disagree with and think they are making you pay for your sin. P.S. Would you conservative christians PLEASE go back with the democratic party. You've completely fucked up the republican party. Just sayin'.

Chris Ferguson
Chris Ferguson

Actually marriage costs more as of now. but I agree with you that all should have the same burden.

Wallace Sara
Wallace Sara

I believe everyone has the right to be unhappy equally lol

Laura Gelezunas
Laura Gelezunas

i am for eliminating the incentives, that, to me, is fair

Matt Blind
Matt Blind

No, when people are denied equal rights, the world is a sad place.

Couch Pig
Couch Pig

When homosexuality is a political issues the world is a sad place

Chris Ferguson
Chris Ferguson

Just putting tax regulations in line with federal IRS after DOMA ruling. I wouldn't read too much into it

JP Lynch
JP Lynch

It may be possible that, deliberately or unintentionally, Nixon created a contradiction in Missouri law so as to allow legal challenges to the 2004 ban on same-sex marriage. If same-sex couples are subject to the same tax law, then they ought to receive the full range of benefits those taxes go to, including financial and legal protections afforded to other married couples.

Laura Dee
Laura Dee

I think it's just Missouri dragging it's feet behind the rest of the progressive nation.... as usual...

Laura Gelezunas
Laura Gelezunas

Why not make everyone the same? The same tax breaks, insurance cost breaks, everything. Why do single people have to pay more?

Michelle K. Connolly
Michelle K. Connolly

Just another way to dance around the subject. If the argument is the word itself (marriage) is ONLY used to describe the joining of a man and a woman--there is no case. Marriage means a joining. When you have 2 partially empty bottles of something, and you pour the remainder of one bottle into the next- you have 'married' the bottles. If the word is SOOO SACRED--we never would have allowed it to be used so mundanely. If you pour vodka into vodka- that marriage is no more valid a marriage than if you pour gin and vodka together. You don't have to drink it.You don't even have to try it once. But you shouldn't tell anyone else what to drink. People come in all flavors. The way they mix and enjoy their flavors should be no concern of yours. Marriage should be recognized legally between two consenting adults. And quit pretending you respect marriage so much. I'll believe that when the divorce rate falls below 50 something percent.

David Biernbaum
David Biernbaum

I think this is Jay Nixon's way of being progressive but the real issue are the hundreds of thousands of religious right wing people with shallow minds.

mjkeller568
mjkeller568

@Alex Peck You are by no means a fake.
You, are in fact, a GENUINE idiot.
Just so ya know.

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