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Joint Mo. tax returns from married, same-sex couples spurs lawsuit

Thursday, January 9, 2014

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — A lawsuit is challenging Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon’s order that the state accept jointly filed tax returns from same-sex couples legally married in other states.

Gov. Jay Nixon (D-Mo.)

Gov. Jay Nixon (D-Mo.)

Nixon said the directive applies to tax filing status and does not authorize same-sex marriage. The Missouri Constitution states only marriages between a man and a woman are valid in the state.

The lawsuit asks that Nixon’s order be declared unconstitutional and implementation of it blocked.

The suit was filed by the Missouri Baptist Convention Christian Life Commission and the Missouri Family Policy Council.

Missouri is one of 24 states coupled with the federal government for tax filing purposes, and Nixon said couples who file joint federal returns must file state taxes jointly.

Federal officials determined legally married same-sex couples would be treated as married regardless of where they live.

“Gov. Nixon’s pragmatic and reasonable order ensures that Missouri income tax law continues to mirror the Federal Treasury and IRS,” said A.J. Bockelman, Executive Director of PROMO, a statewide advocacy group.

“The plaintiffs have no grounds to file this case, the Governor’s order should stand,” said Bockelman.

A Nixon spokesman declined comment about the lawsuit.

Associated Press contributed to this report.
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11 more reader comments:

  1. I’m so sick to death of all this crap.

    Posted on Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 4:58pm
  2. Haters & homophobes! These assclowns have nothing better to do with their time. Smh …

    Posted on Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 5:00pm
  3. Oh MY GOD! yes I spelled it out screaming in all caps. WILL THE HATE NEVER STOP

    Posted on Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 5:03pm
  4. And that church needs to pay taxes because it is eating tax payer taxes on this. If churches don’t pay taxes them they should not be able to file lawsuits that use tax payer money.

    Posted on Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 5:05pm
  5. I do not believe ANY church should be tax free, or non profit for that matter. Non profit my fucking ass! Ever seen a minister living in poverty?

    Replied on Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 6:00pm
  6. with all that is going on in the world and in our United States this is what taxpayers want to spend millions of dollars pursuing..just to stop US citizens from having equal rights... just appalling.

    Replied on Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 6:20pm
  7. IT IS FEDERAL LAW WHICH TRUMPS STATE LAW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Posted on Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 5:29pm
  8. Wait. What? State constitution says do not recognize yet the governor said to recognize? Clearly the governor is on the wrong side of the law and has to be stopped. Morality aside government has to follow the laws under which it was designed. If govt picks and chooses which laws to enforce and follow it leads to madness. Laws must be followed until they are changed or otherwise put on hold.

    Posted on Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 5:38pm
  9. Sue their asses off!!!!!!!!!!! Sick to death of this shit.

    Posted on Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 5:58pm
  10. Stephen De Chellis, did you even read the article? The Missouri state law requires couples that file joint returns on the federal level also file a joint STATE tax return. Thus, if a same sex couple got married in a state that allows it, but now lives in Missouri, they would have to file jointly for state taxes if they do so on their federal return, which they’re free to do given the smack down that DOMA received. Please READ next time!

    Posted on Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 6:41pm
  11. are the Missouri Baptist Convention Christian Life Commission and the Missouri Family Policy Council tax exempt organizations? if so and they are engaging in public policy issues, TAX EXEMPTION SHOULd BE REVOKED.

    Posted on Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 6:42pm