Judge denies order in gay couples joint taxes case

A Missouri judge has denied a temporary restraining order in a lawsuit over Gov. Jay Nixon's directive to allow legally married same-sex couples to file joint state tax returns.

Cole County Circuit Judge Jon Beetem wrote in his ruling Friday he is not taking a position on whether the legal challenge is likely to succeed. Beetem said the plaintiffs did not establish irreparable injury and that the requested restraining order would not avoid the intangible injury they cited.

Several people have filed a lawsuit arguing Nixon's order violates a Missouri constitutional provision recognizing marriage as only between a man and a woman. Nixon has said Missouri's tax code is tied to the federal code, and that federal officials now accept joint tax returns from married same-sex couples.