Missouri Lawmaker to Seek Impeachment of Governor for Accepting Tax Returns from Gay Couples

Missouri Rep. Nick Marshall (R-Parkville) wants to impeach Governor Jay Nixon for signing an executive order accepting joint tax returns from gay couples married in other states, among other things, the AP reports:

MarshallNick Marshall, of Parkville, referred to the governor's executive order directing officials to accept joint tax filings from same-sex couples who are legally married, the release of the names of concealed gun permit holders to a federal agent and driver's license procedures.

Marshall says he believes the governor's administration has violated the law and that his motivations are not political gain or attention. He has not spoken to House leaders.

Wrote Marshall on his Facebook page:

I will seek Articles of Impeachment against the Governor. He has openly disregarded the laws and Constitution of the State of Missouri and allowed his administration to do so on multiple occasions. If we are to live under the Rule of Law, he cannot be allowed to remain in office…Anyone that knows me and my voting record knows I don't give a rat's tail about party affiliation when it comes to the Rule of Law. The Governor and his administration broke Missouri law by disclosing the CCW holder information en masse to the federal government and by cooperating with the Department of Homeland Security in the development of Real ID. The Governor's use of executive order yesterday to violate the Missouri Constitution is just another example of his willful disregard of the confines of the law.

At the same time he issued the executive order on Friday, Nixon made clear his personal views on same-sex marriage:

“Many Missourians, including myself, are thinking about these issues of equality in new ways and reflecting on what constitutes discrimination. For me, that process has led to the belief that we shouldn’t treat folks differently because of who they are.”

Comments

  1. HadenoughBS says

    “…his motivations are not (for) political gain or attention.” Give me a break. We’re not as stupid as you think we are. No GOPer ever does anything as blatant as threatening to impeach a Democratic office holder without it being for political gain or attention. IDIOT!

  2. Jennifer says

    Politics aside, let’s look at this from a practical standpoint. The Adjusted Gross Income that is used on the State tax return is based on the Federal tax return. If same-sex married couples can file a joint Federal return, how is that couple going to turn around and file single on the state level? By law, you have to use the same filing status on the State return as you use on the Federal. This is a practical move on the part of Gov. Nixon, and it will save the State a lot of headaches moving into the future along with having to rewrite the tax codes.

  3. JJ says

    This moron needs to get better legal advice. File a lawsuit if you disagree with how the governor sorts out laws that are in direct conflict with each other. Impeachment–which reverses the will of the voters–is for removing criminals from office.

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