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Governor sued for same-sex Mo. tax order
Baptist Press ^ | Jan 10, 2014 | by Staff

Posted on 01/11/2014 7:14:02 PM PST by Graybeard58

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (BP) -- Four Missouri taxpayers filed a lawsuit on Jan. 8 challenging Gov. Jay Nixon's executive order to permit some same-sex couples to file a Missouri combined income tax return as "husband" and "wife" for 2013 in spite of a 2004 state constitutional amendment which defines marriage as between one man and one woman.

The lawsuit challenges Executive Order 13-14 as being unconstitutional and alleges that the governor is trying to thwart the will of the people of Missouri, with 71 percent of the voters having adopted "Amendment 2" in 2004. The amendment, now codified as Article 1, Section 33 of the Missouri constitution, says simply, "That to be valid and recognized in this state, a marriage shall exist only between a man and a woman."

Nixon's executive order was issued last November and directed the Department of Revenue to accept combined returns from same-sex couples who properly filed a federal joint return with the IRS. The IRS has decided to permit same-sex couples to file a joint federal return if the parties were married in a state that permits same-sex marriage. The IRS decision did not bind state governments and did not mandate that states like Missouri, where same-sex marriage is unlawful, permit joint returns under state law.

"The governor took an oath to uphold the Missouri constitution, which includes our marriage definition," said Michael Whitehead, a Kansas City attorney for the plaintiffs. "When he issued this order, he said he hoped the people of Missouri would take another look at recognizing same-sex 'marriage.' That is putting his thumb on the scales of justice. His job is to enforce the constitution as it is, not as he wishes it to be.

"If the governor wants to launch a campaign to repeal this section of our state Bill of Rights, he is welcome to try. But for now, the people of Missouri have spoken, with landslide clarity," Whitehead said. "Until the people speak otherwise, the governor should respect the rule of law and respect Missouri voters."

The case was filed in Cole County Circuit Court in Jefferson City, Mo. The plaintiffs ask the trial judge to declare the executive order unconstitutional and to declare that, in view of the state constitution, the Department of Revenue must not interpret tax laws to permit Missouri combined income tax returns from same-sex couples who were "married" elsewhere.

The plaintiffs are:

-- Justin Mosher, pastor of Fifth Street Baptist Church in Hannibal, Mo., and chairman of the Missouri Baptist Convention's Christian Life Commission (CLC).

-- Don Hinkle, director of public policy for the convention and editor of its newsjournal, The Pathway.

-- Kerry Messer from Festus, Mo., legislative liaison for the CLC in the Missouri Legislature. He also founded a pro-family organization based in Jefferson City, Mo., called Missouri Family Network.

-- Joe Ortwerth, executive director of the Missouri Family Policy Council, one of more than 30 such state organizations formally associated with Focus on the Family, the family support ministry founded by James Dobson.

States are strongly divided on same-sex marriage. While 18 states and Washington, D.C., allow same-sex marriage, 32 states prohibit same-sex marriage, including 28 states with prohibitions in their state constitutions. Most states that have recently allowed same-sex marriage have done so through legislation. Since the beginning of 2011, eight states have passed legislation, one adopted it by initiative and four allow same-sex marriage as a result of court decisions.

At the time of Nixon's executive order, no other state where same-sex marriage is unlawful had adopted a similar policy of accepting joint state returns from same-sex couples who were "married" elsewhere. In Kansas, a same-sex couple recently filed a lawsuit demanding that the state accept their joint state tax return as a matter of "equal protection of the laws."

For more information, contact Michael K. Whitehead of The Whitehead Law Firm, LLC ( by email at or by phone at 816-876-2600.

TOPICS: Extended News; Government; US: Missouri

1 posted on 01/11/2014 7:14:02 PM PST by Graybeard58
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To: Graybeard58

Voters in MO are too confused to comment upon.

2 posted on 01/11/2014 7:30:13 PM PST by Theodore R. (People in TX in 2014 cheer: Cornball and George P.!)
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To: Graybeard58
The days of Red(ish) states electing Rats ought to be over.
3 posted on 01/11/2014 7:49:44 PM PST by demshateGod (The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.)
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To: Graybeard58
"While 18 states and Washington, D.C., allow same-sex marriage…"

Some of the 18 states that "allow same-sex marriage" weren't permitted to follow their own wishes but that of a single judge or a majority of a court "opinion" and forced upon these states.

If memory serves me right, there were at least 34 states that voted in favor of one man-one woman unions that disallowed same-sex anything other than the occasional civil union in a few states.

As in abortion, these "same-sex marriages" were not wills of the people but will of liberal men in black robes.

4 posted on 01/11/2014 7:55:17 PM PST by zerosix (Native Sunflower)
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To: demshateGod

Going to the governor’s website,I noticed that it didn’t make it readily apparent that he was a Democrat. Being from another state,I was suspicious,but didn’t know.

5 posted on 01/12/2014 8:22:31 AM PST by oldtech
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