JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (KMOX) – After Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon’s decision last week to allow legally-married same-sex couples file joint tax returns, a state lawmaker says he has had enough and will go through with his plans to impeach the governor.
Nick Marshall, a Republican representative from Platte County, announced the plan on his Facebook page, writing that Nixon “disregarded the laws and constitution of the state of Missouri.”
Marshall says the governor’s executive order violates a constitutional amendment Missouri voters passed in 2004 which says the state only recognizes marriages between a man and woman.
“They voiced their will. And when the people of the state voice their will and the governor ignores it, that’s even more offensive to me,” Marshall said. “And here’s what the issue is. It’s really not about gay rights and it’s not about gay marriage. The issue is about the rule of law and the will of the people.”
Marshall says he plans to file articles of impeachment against the governor next month.
“You can’t pick and choose what parts of the constitution you’re going to enforce,” he said. “The governor has sworn an oath. Part of his duties are to faithfully execute the law and that includes the Constitution of Missouri. And he hasn’t done that. In fact, he’s violated that.”
Calls to the governor’s office were not returned Monday.