|Gov. Jay Nixon|
The governor of Missouri, Jeremiah W. (Jay) Nixon, has sinned mightily and he shall atone. Through executive order, Governor Nixon allowed same-sex couples who are legally married in another state to file joint state tax returns in Missouri. Dark skies over the state portend that it should start raining toads (or something like that) any day now.
That is why (according to American Family Association’s news site) three Missouri legislators have submitted bills of impeachment. According to aptly name Republican Representative Mike Moon, who was elected in 2013,
“[t]he Constitution clearly states that the governor has a duty and, in my opinion, he has willfully neglected that duty and because of that it’s my responsibility to follow the Constitution and bring into question why he has done so.”
It’s easy to observe that “they” don’t get it. The reality is actually more malevolent; They don’t want to get it. In the aftermath of United States vs. Windsor jurists, when given the opportunity, have unanimously concluded that bans on marriage equality violate the constitutional rights of citizens. Presumably Governor Nixon also swore to uphold the Constitution of the United States of America. Moreover, Mr. Moon should know that it’s not just the Second Amendment that means something. There are other ideas expressed, like equal protection and due process.
Marriage equality is going to be a reality in Missouri. Mr. Moon’s reputation will eventually be damaged as a result of his attempt to thwart even the smallest measure of equality. Of course 20 years from now, if he’s still around, Moon will claim that he was all for equality and that he was just making a constitutional argument.