Impeachment proceedings have been started against Governor Nixon who has told the revenue department to let same-sex married couples file joint income tax returns

Parkville Representative Nick Marshall says Nixon should be thrown out of office because his executive order violates Missouri’s constitution and laws that define marriage as being between one man and one woman. He says Nixon has violated his oath to faithfully execute state laws

Nixon says Missouri’s income tax law is tied to IRS policies which allow same-sex couples to file jointly.

But Representative Mike Colona tells Marshall he sees nothing in the executive order that recognizes same sex marriages.  Some other Representatives suggest Marshall is premature because a lawsuit challenging the legality of the order remains unresolved.

Three impeachment resolutions have been filed by three Republicans. each cites a different reason.   Another hearing will be held next week.

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