Nixon orders agencies to comply with same-sex marriage ruling

Photo courtesy of RoyGBiv/Jezebel
Photo courtesy of RoyGBiv/Jezebel

Gov. Jay Nixon on Tuesday issued an executive order calling for all state agencies to comply with the U.S. Supreme Court decision making same-sex marriage a right nationwide.

The move targets places like Schuyler County in northeastern Missouri, where the county recorder of deeds is exploring whether she has to comply with the court’s ruling.

Nixon on Tuesday also called for lawmakers to pass the Missouri Nondiscrimination Act, which would ban discrimination against LGBT Missourians in employment, housing and public accommodations.

In neighboring Kansas, Gov. Sam Brownback also signed an executive order, giving clergy or religious groups the right to refuse to issue same-sex marriage licenses. That order appears to be in line with the Supreme Court ruling, which exempted religious groups from performing or recognizing same-sex marriages.

Read more from St. Louis Public Radio and Missourinet

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