Missouri Governor allows married same-sex couples to jointly file state taxes

Today, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon issued an executive order to the Missouri Department of Revenue that allows same-sex couples who legally married in other states to jointly file their taxes for the state of Missouri. The state will begin accepting state tax returns filed by married same-sex couples, just as it requires that different-sex couples who file their federal taxes jointly to file their state taxes jointly. 

Governor Nixon also indicated his support for the freedom to marry at a press conference today, saying that if "folks want to get married, they should be able to get married."

Governor Nixon's executive order marks a step forward in Missouri and demonstrates respect for the love and commitment that Missouri same-sex couples share. The executive order shows the governor doing the right thing - extending a measure of dignity and legal validation for Missouri families. Same-sex couples, however, continue to be denied the freedom to marry in the state of Missouri, and legally married same-sex couples living in the state will continue to see their marriages denied respect in a wealth of other circumstances.