Missouri state Representative Nick Marshall and seven other Republicans filed to impeach Governor Jay Nixon for allowing same-sex couples legally married in other states to file join income taxes.
Missouri changed the rules for married gay couples in November following a federal ruling that gays can file federal taxes jointly whether or not their state recognizes same-sex marriage, which is banned by a constitutional amendment in Missouri.
Since he threatened to try to impeach Nixon three months ago, Marshall has rebuffed suggestions that he's just looking for publicity or to send a message.
"If I just wanted publicity, I would have called a press conference," Marshall says on Facebook. "If I just wanted to send a message, I would have picked up the phone."
Marshall's legislative assistant, Beth Peters, told Daily RFT that his objection is about violating the Missouri constitution, which forbids gay marriage, not about targeting LGBT couples.
"If Missouri were a state that allowed gay marriage, we wouldn't be having this conversation. But it's not," says Beth Peters, Marshall's legislative assistant. "It has nothing to do with what people want to do in their personal lives."
If the Missouri House approves the articles of impeachment, they'll go to the Senate, which will appoint a seven-judge panel to decide the case.
Only one statewide official, Secretary of State Judith Moriarty in 1994, has ever been impeached and convicted in Missouri's history.
Representatives Rick Brattin, Jeff Pogue, Ronald Schieber, Mike Moon, T.J. Berry, Kurt Bahr and Ken Wilson co-sponsored the articles of impeachment.
Continue reading to see the full text of the articles of impeachment.
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