Today, Governor Nixon issued Executive Order 15-04, directing all state agencies, commissions, departments and institutions in the state to review their policies to fully implement the Obergefell decision. On Friday, June 26, 2015 the Supreme Court of the United States rendered a decision in Obergefell extending marriage benefits to all same sex couples in the United States.
With this Executive Order, Governor Nixon effectively instructs all government agencies, bureaus and commissions to fully implement this decision. This includes updating forms and operating procedures to be fully inclusive.
Nixon also stated in his announcement, "Same-sex couples now have the right to get married, but here in Missouri, individuals can still be fired for being gay. That’s wrong, it’s not who we are – and it must change,” Gov. Nixon said. “That’s why I’m reiterating my call for the General Assembly to pass the Missouri Nondiscrimination Act, which would prohibit discrimination against LGBT Missourians in employment, housing and public accommodations.”
We are grateful for Gov. Nixon's leadership in recognizing the rights of LGBT Missourians and we look forward to working with him and his Administration to fully implement marriage equality across the state. The Supreme Court's landmark decision is a watershed moment for equality, but there is still much more work to do to and PROMO will continue to work with Governor Nixon and the legislature to adopt nondiscrimination policies, ensure that our transgender friends and family have access to the services they need, and prioritize additional community needs.
PROMO has been tracking the challenges couples have been met with when seeking licenses. If you have any issues, please fill out this form. We will continue to monitor the implementation and process and track any emerging issues as they become apparent on ShowMeMarriage.com.