JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Impeachment efforts to oust Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon over his decision to allow same-sex couples to file joint state tax returns got underway during a House hearing held on April 24.


While the impeachment attempts are unlikely to succeed, a Republican-led panel held its hearing that would formally charge Nixon, a Democrat, with neglecting his official duties for issuing an executive order allowing same-sex couples legally married in other states the ability to file joint Missouri income tax returns.

The impeachment resolution is sponsored by eight Republican House members and sponsored by Rep. Nick Marshall (R – Parkville) who said the Governor purposefully ignored a provision in the Missouri Constitution stating that marriage is only between a man and a woman.

“He usurped the people and their authority to determine their constitution and their restraints on their government,” said Marshall.

Two additional gubernatorial impeachment resolutions were on Wednesday’s docket but were not heard due to time constraints.

In 2004, Missouri became the first state to pass a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage following the Massachusetts supreme judicial court legalizing same-sex marriage there. Constitutional Amendment 2 passed was passed by some 70 percent by Missouri voters.

"The attempt to impeach the Governor over same-sex couples filing joint tax returns is simply ludicrous,” said Rep. Stacey Newman (D – St. Louis). “This is merely a statement by a silly Tea Party legislator who consistently votes against ‘big government’ without any understanding of law and policies.”

Nixon would only be removed from office if the Judiciary Committee and the full House adopted one of the articles of impeachment. The Senate would then need to select a panel of “eminent jurists,” and try the case.

“Gov. Nixon is following federal guidelines which he must do,” Newman continued. “I hold the committee chair also responsible for this political impeachment stunt for allowing the hearing to proceed. I wonder if voters really knew exactly who they were electing when sending these out-of-touch nutty legislators to the Capitol."



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