A legal challenge to Missouri’s gay marriage ban returned to court in St. Louis Monday and appears to be headed to trial next month.
Opponents are planning to rally at the Missouri Capitol against a proposed amendment to the state Constitution establishing a “right to farm.”
Gov. Nixon has directed Missouri’s Department of Revenue to accept joint tax returns from same-sex couples who were legally married in other states.
The ruling focused on a case in which a parent wanted the then-unaccredited St. Louis Public School District to foot the bill for her children to attend the neighboring Clayton schools.
The Missouri businessman has put an additional $100,000 into a potential ballot initiative limiting teacher contracts and requiring schools to use a performance-based evaluation system for staff.
The bill would declare any federal, state or local laws prohibiting guns to be in violation of the U.S. and Missouri constitutions, rendering them invalid.
Some lawmakers said they fear the proposed constitutional right to farm could challenge regulations on puppy mills.
The proposed amendment to the Missouri Constitution would require approval in a statewide vote and expire after 10 years.
Nixon proposed a $150 million budget increase for education that would be performance-based instead of based on past funding.
On Wednesday, the American Civil Liberties Union filed suit over a section that says the religious rights of inmates are limited to federal law.