State Rep. Nick Marshall Threatens to Impeach Gov. Nixon for Allowing Gays to File Joint Taxes

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Governor Jay Nixon
Strike one started in 2009, when Missouri rejected a federal proof-of-identity law known as the REAL ID Act that would have required Missouri to keep copies of personal documents, like birth certificates or concealed gun permits. The anti-terrorism law drew privacy concerns from many, leading twelve states to reject the law before Missouri's vote.

But after rejecting the law, Missouri began scanning and saving some documents in a way that came close to the REAL ID act -- too close for Marshall's comfort.

"There's the spirit of the law, and then there's what the law actually does," Marshall said during a bipartisan investigation, according to the Missouri Times. "The spirit of the law was obviously to keep Missouri from complying with REAL ID, but you're trying to tell me right now that just because we are comparable with the law, that doesn't mean compliant. But to be comparable you undertook measures that compliance calls for, and that's what the law was trying to stop."

Marshall accused Nixon then of attempting to comply with REAL ID, a law Missouri had already rejected.

See also: Gun Owner Privacy Debate Prompts Budget Proposal To Kill Missouri License Bureau

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Strike two is all about guns.

Earlier this year, the Missouri Highway Patrol admitted to releasing the names of 163,000 concealed-weapon permit holders to federal agencies investigating a disability fraud.

Marshall sponsored a resolution and called on the governor to investigate and discipline the people responsible.

"As our governor took this same oath to protect both [the U.S. and Missouri] constitutions, he is mandated by law to abide by this duty and demonstrate that direct laws broken by executive officials will not be tolerated by our state," Marshall said.

Now, Marshall is applying his literal view of the constitution to Nixon's order allowing gay married couples to file joint taxes. The state constitution forbids gay marriage.

"What he's doing is pretty much illegal," Peters says, adding that Marshall's objections are constitutional, not personal.

"It has nothing to do with what people want to do in their personal lives."

But a federal ruling in August determined that legally married same-sex couples can file federal taxes jointly whether or not their state of residence recognizes their marriage, and the Missouri attorney general's office has announced that Nixon's order is in line with state law.

"You swore to uphold the constitution," Peters says to Nixon.

"Do it."

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


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plattecountian202
plattecountian202

It is such a shame that he is sleeping with his secretary...

Mark Poepsel
Mark Poepsel

Recognizing marriage isn't marrying. This isn't a high crime nor a misdemeanor, anyway...electing to read a law (of course it is a state constitutional law, that's a given) one way instead of another. Granted, that's the federal Constitutional threshold for impeachment, but the state's ought to be similar.

jaco1175
jaco1175 topcommenter

What will it take to bring common sense to this state and silence these ignorant ass rural motherfuckers and their faux 'morals'? Fuck these backwoods rube pieces of shit and the chicken fuckers they keep electing to state government.

Sj Braun
Sj Braun

Jay Nixon is the best thing that ever happened to Missouri politics.................bar none

Paul Hibbard
Paul Hibbard

Another republican fighting his inner demons on a public platform

Sean David Herron
Sean David Herron

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

Justin M Politte
Justin M Politte

As a gay male living in St Louis, I want to Thank all those with such supportive comments here. Thank You very much! ♥

smdrpepper
smdrpepper

Can these GOP extremists just get out of power already?  He wants to impeach the Governor because he is taking money from "gasp" gays?  What a putz..  So what if two men or women find happiness with each other, its not hurting anyone.  But it does show how anti freedom the GOP really is.

PROMO
PROMO

Thanks for sharing!

Todd Alan
Todd Alan

If u cant even understand your own constitution that REQUIRES that a married couples state returns mirror fed returns and this has nothing to do with same sex marriage being available in MO it's time to move on. But by all ,means spend years and millions in tax payer $ to change the law and move up same sex marriage availability by giving a concrete example of inequality for people to sue and overturn Amendment 2

Casey McBroom
Casey McBroom

Here is an idea... How about you stupid politicians understand what 'individual rights' mean, that marriage is a contract, and you stupid little mystics need stay out of shit that doesn't concern your church. At every turn in American history -- from the end of black slavery, to women having voting rights -- it's you haters of freedom who fuck it up for the rest of us. Fact is, marriage is a contract and it should be recognized by government. Furthermore, no church is forced to recognize any marriage. However, it's you anti-rights christians who have the highest divorce rate in the whole god damn country..... So, while one of your side debates and wastes money screwing around seeing if they can tax people they won't recognize legally, the other and more paranoid on your side wants impeachment for any recognition... Not because Missouri is violating their rights by stealing money while ignoring whatever couples union, but because it might reopen the discussion about individual rights and gay marriage. A big FUCK YOU for the religious right.

Rainbow
Rainbow

Well, that state constitution is going to change, so run and tell that. 

Christian Knobloch
Christian Knobloch

It's about time that we were exposed to the subhuman nature of those "type" of people. Of course, I'm talking about Rep. Nick Marshall and the clowns that voted him into office.

Drum Mer M JZ
Drum Mer M JZ

GLAD WE ARE WORRYING ABOUT METH FIRST !!! ...ohhhh wait! ..Oops guess not! Cause you know same sex taxes are ruining the youth of this state ! #priorities

Kristy Cognac Creighton
Kristy Cognac Creighton

The people who live here are also more than welcome to try to work for change. Because that's what the process is all about - doing the work of *all the people. Not about stagnating in some fictional historical utopia.

Steve Mincer
Steve Mincer

i love the "i hate missouri...but i live in it" people. you're more than welcome to move someplace else.

Don Benecke
Don Benecke

Government waste of time and money, By an egomaniac., He the one that needs to be "Impeached".

Ruth Susanne
Ruth Susanne

We recognize legal marriage from all over the world....so if they have a legal marriage-we recognize it. That really has nothing to do with our stupid prejudice laws here.

jaco1175
jaco1175 topcommenter

@Steve Mincer shut the fuck up you ignorant redneck piece of shit. you fucking leave, go to texas or mississippi to be with the rest of the miserable white trash mother fuckers, cause the rest of us aren't going anywhere you fucking bumpkin

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