Governor Jay Nixon (D) has ordered all departments, agencies, boards and commissions in his administration to do what is necessary to comply with the U.S. Supreme Court ruling making same-sex marriage legal nationwide.
Nixon says the order makes clear that local governments must comply with the ruling as well. One Missouri county, Schuyler, is still not issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
Nixon also called again on the Missouri legislature to pass the Missouri Nondiscrimination Act, which would bar discrimination against LGBT Missourians in employment, housing, and public accommodations.
“Same-sex couples now have the right to get married, but here in Missouri, individuals can still be fired for being gay. That’s wrong, it’s not who we are, and it must change,” Nixon said.
Nixon’s order today also rescinds an executive order issued in November, 2013, that directed the Department of Revenue to accept jointly-filed state tax returns from same-sex couples legally married in other states. His order today makes it unnecessary.