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8 Missouri GOP Lawmakers File to Impeach Governor for Accepting Tax Returns from Gay Couples

Back in November, Missouri Rep. Nick Marshall (R-Parkville) threatened to impeach Governor Jay Nixon for signing an executive order accepting joint tax returns from gay couples married in other states.

MarshallNow, Marshall, along with seven other Republican lawmakers, has filed to impeach Nixon.

Wrote Marshall on Facebook:

I assure you that the Articles of Impeachment filed yesterday are very serious charges that should not be taken lightly by the Governor's Office. If I just wanted publicity, I would have called a press conference. If I just wanted to send a message, I would have picked up the phone.

The Riverfront Times reports:

Marshall's legislative assistant, Beth Peters, told Daily RFT that his objection is about violating the Missouri constitution, which forbids gay marriage, not about targeting LGBT couples.

"If Missouri were a state that allowed gay marriage, we wouldn't be having this conversation. But it's not," says Beth Peters, Marshall's legislative assistant. "It has nothing to do with what people want to do in their personal lives."

Rick Brattin, Jeff Pogue, Ronald Schieber, Mike Moon, T.J. Berry, Kurt Bahr and Ken Wilson are the other Republicans involved.

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  1. They have no case because states do not have a say in federal tax returns. The Gov. recognized the marriages for federal purposes according to the law of the federal government which he is required to do or be charged in violation of federal law. The IRS has mandated that marriage between 2men or 2women is legal everywhere in America for federal tax purposes. Period.

    Lastly, "It has nothing to do with what people want to do in their personal lives." - it has EVERYTHING to do with what LGBT people want to do in our personal lives. First, who we marry is OUR personal business. Second, we want OUR (not the governments) f@#king money back just like heterosexual married couples do.

    Posted by: Sean | Feb 10, 2014 11:18:54 AM

  2. At least be honest. . .this has everything to do with marriage equality, and nothing to do with joint tax returns.

    Posted by: Keith | Feb 10, 2014 11:22:01 AM

  3. Not gonna happen. For one thing it is premature for impeachment proceedings unless a gay couple legally married in another state actually files and it is accepted by the state department of revenue.
    Secondly, the federal constitution will be very important here specifically the 14th Amendment allowing a license issued in one state to be effective in all states. The Missouri GOP is just shooting themselves in the foot on this one for a technicality that only affects a handful of people in the state and would only cost the state a negligible amount in refunds.

    Posted by: Richard Harney | Feb 10, 2014 11:22:58 AM

  4. OK:
    The fifties called, they want their suit and tie back.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Feb 10, 2014 11:25:05 AM

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

    Talking in uber polite Xtian - the above statement is intended to mean that being gay is a choice.

    Posted by: bkmn | Feb 10, 2014 11:58:17 AM

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

    Yes, right, I also believe the moon is made of green cheese. This tool is so transparent.

    Posted by: John Freeman | Feb 10, 2014 12:06:27 PM

  7. Considering how little the Missouri congress does this only proves that they aren't actually in a coma. Too bad this all for show, pandering for votes from the minions of ignorant.

    Posted by: Bart | Feb 10, 2014 12:07:36 PM

  8. Just another example of the desperation of those fighting a losing battle. Full equality for LGBT people, at least in the Western World, is an idea whose time has come. History will remember these right wing Republicans the way it remembers George Wallace, Lester Maddox, Strom Thurmond and all those bigots who fought the losing battle in an attempt to keep Black people "in their place".

    Posted by: andrew | Feb 10, 2014 12:08:25 PM

  9. Wonderful example of conservative Missouri politics at its worst! If you want to take a political step back into medieval times, come visit the Missouri heartland. We have a farm in Osage County. In our small town of 1300, there are at least five Baptist churches, ranging from ultra-conservative all the way over to points which are light years off the right-hand edge of the political spectrum. And by the way, Rep. Rick Brattin [R-Harrisonville, Mo] is also sponsoring a bill which would assure that creationsit theories are given equal time in any science curriculum. Go figure.

    Posted by: TomR | Feb 10, 2014 12:17:00 PM

  10. 8 reasons why the GOP will not win the Whitehouse back anytime soon!!! Backwards thinking.

    Posted by: Tom | Feb 10, 2014 12:18:47 PM

  11. "If I just wanted publicity...." he wrote on FACEBOOK.

    (Dr. Freud just tweeted a LOL from his grave.)

    Posted by: Hansel Currywurst | Feb 10, 2014 12:20:31 PM

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

    What does that even mean?

    Posted by: Daniel | Feb 10, 2014 12:24:10 PM

  13. pigs

    Posted by: reality | Feb 10, 2014 12:33:08 PM

  14. embarrassment

    Posted by: Sean | Feb 10, 2014 12:52:34 PM

  15. Accepting joint tax returns, as required by = IRS policy, hardly seems like a "high crime and misdemeanor."

    Unless the Missouri Constitution allows impeachment for lesser offenses, such as, really ticking off the opposition party by displaying a modest amount of human decency.

    Posted by: Tom Beauchamp-Arnold | Feb 10, 2014 12:57:14 PM

  16. The GOP demonstrates once again that it's the party of lying, bigoted tools.

    Posted by: Peter | Feb 10, 2014 12:58:40 PM

  17. What super creepy soft focus digital filter do they use at the mall portrait photo place now?

    Posted by: emjayay | Feb 10, 2014 1:53:13 PM

  18. Impeachment of a governor or a President is always political and has very little to do with the law. They use the law as a pretense, but nothing more. This is politics at its worse, especially during an election year.

    Posted by: Phoenix Justice | Feb 10, 2014 2:24:30 PM

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

    The best response I know to statements like this is: "I'll be the judge of that," or, "People can judge that for themselves." I find it succinctly clarifies who's accountable and to whom.

    Posted by: JJ | Feb 10, 2014 2:42:56 PM

  20. This is going to backfire on Republicans. The governor is following Missouri law, which requires that people's state filing status match their federal filing status. They're impeaching him for not refusing to enforce a law as unconstitutional. So they'll attack either way: They'll attack for refusing to enforce a law as unconstitutional. They'll attack for NOT refusing to enforce a law as unconstitutional. They really can't make up their minds.

    Posted by: JJ | Feb 10, 2014 2:58:58 PM

  21. @Phoenix
    Exactly. Grandstanding at it's worst.

    Tax return status doesn't change legal marital status so Governor Nixon's EO hasn't violated the state ban.

    Posted by: SERIOUSLY | Feb 10, 2014 3:42:43 PM

  22. Oh, he knows he's grandstanding. If he wants to actually achieve something, he'd have to get a recall election law passed and then have citizens revote on a political issue. Recalls have been used in some states, including recently to challenge govs. who made politically unpopular decisions. Impeachment is for criminal behavior or negligence.

    Posted by: anon | Feb 10, 2014 5:11:35 PM

  23. another extremely mean and nasty move from Republicans...........and Ms. Peter's statement is a LIE......Of course, the issue is gblt!

    Posted by: Bernie | Feb 10, 2014 5:47:07 PM

  24. What people do in their personal lives? Thats talking about being gay to choosing to engage in some sort of hobby, like poker or fly fishing. It's not what we 'do' f___face, its who we ARE.

    Posted by: Tristram | Feb 10, 2014 8:25:56 PM

  25. This impeachment stunt is a serious as a two-year-old's tantrum. It's nonsense and will go nowhere. Why do Tea Bagger simpletons make such public spectacles of themselves?

    Posted by: Jim | Feb 10, 2014 11:58:47 PM

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