Governor Nixon's Executive Order Defies Missouri Voters

Governor Nixon’s Executive Order Defies Missouri Voters

(JEFFERSON CITY, MO) – Today, Governor Jay Nixon announced that he would allow gay couples married in other states to file joint returns in Missouri.  Missouri House Speaker Tim Jones has offered the following statement:

“Once again, Governor Nixon is trying to play to all sides of every issue, indulging his liberal ideals while hedging his bets by saying the courts have forced his hand.  The Governor’s job is to defend our state’s constitution – including the constitutional amendment defining marriage as between one man and one woman, that was passed overwhelmingly in this state - not to surrender to the whims of the Obama administration.  This executive order is nothing but an attempt to violate the voters’ will, unlawfully ignoring a constitutional amendment to provide the Governor’s liberal allies a policy victory.  Furthermore, I would call upon Gov. Nixon to supply the legal opinion from Attorney General Koster providing the justification for the action he took today in ignoring the Constitution of the State of Missouri."