Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty Vetoes Gay Death Rights Bill

Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty vetoed a bill on Saturday that would have given gays and lesbians the right to decide what to do with the body of their deceased partner, the Pioneer Press reports:

Pawlenty "Pawlenty had said he would veto the bill, calling it unnecessary because partners can draw up a living will. But advocates argue that married couples do not have to do that and that legal documents often cost money to draft.

The 'Final Wishes' bill would have been the second one supported by Project 515 to be passed into law. The group is named after the 515 Minnesota laws it says discriminate against same-sex couples, though the group is not seeking marriage rights for gays and lesbians.

Pawlenty signed a bill last year that protects jointly owned homes from being sold to cover state medical bills should one partner die. Those protections already existed for married couples."


  1. Fred says

    As a Minnesota resident, I’ve watched Tim Pawlenty change his stripes over time. There was a time I could tolerate him even though I didn’t agree with his politics. There was a time when he deserved a little respect, but no more. His power grab began shortly after being elected governor. George Bush was his mentor. It was his way or the highway – still is.

    In all likelihood Tim Pawlenty will be running for president in the next election.

    George Bush gave new meaning to “bad”, Tim Pawlenty will give new meaning to “evil.”

  2. TANK says

    He’s an evil man. There aren’t other words to describe it. Evil man. And evil must be destroyed, as much as is within anyone’s power to destroy it.

  3. says

    I hope Fred Karger stays in the race when Pawlenty enters it so people could know how disgusting Pawlenty and others are.

    I am supporting Karger and I hope he succeeds enough to outlast Pawlenty.

  4. SmallhandFF says

    When Karger starts campaigning w “a gay Senator, why not a gay President” slogan, then I’ll start believing him. Meanwhile, Karger will be the comic-gay candidate. I don’t see him having the balls to take his former paymasters on. It’s not in the Log Cabin rule-book.

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