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KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon announced today that he has issued an executive order mandating all state government agencies must comply with last month's U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage in all 50 states.


Nixon, a Democrat, made the statement at a news conference at the Jackson County Courthouse in Kansas City.


The full order can be read here.


NOW, THEREFORE, I, JEREMIAH W. (JAY) NIXON, GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF MISSOURI, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the State of Missouri, do hereby Order all departments, agencies, boards and commissions in the executive branch to immediately take all necessary measures to ensure compliance with the Obergefell decision in all aspects of their operations.


On June 26, the High Court rendered a decision in Obergefell v. Hodges extending marriage benefits to all same sex couples in the United States.


"This landmark ruling was a historic step forward for our nation, and it has some very real benefits for families here in Missouri," Nixon said Tuesday. "As Governor, I’m committed to protecting the rights of all Missourians, and that’s why this morning I am signing Executive Order 15-04 to ensure the Supreme Court’s ruling is implemented uniformly throughout state government."


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.


“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," said A.J. Bockelman, Executive Director of PROMO, Missouri's statewide LGBT advocacy organization.


"The Supreme Court's landmark decision is a watershed moment for equality, but there is still much more work to do to," Bockelman continued. “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 met with in seeking licenses. On ShowMeMarriage.com, PROMO will continue to monitor the implementation process and track any emerging issues as they become apparent.

 

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