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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."

Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty on Military Gay Ban: 'If It's Not Broke, Don't Fix It'


Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty, a potential GOP candidate for President in 2012, appeared on Meet the Press this morning and was asked briefly about "Don't Ask, Don't Tell".

MR. GREGORY: What about "don't ask, don't tell"? Should it be repealed?

GOV. PAWLENTY: I support "don't ask, don't tell." And, you know anecdotally--I saw the general's comments in response to that. Anecdotally, I know there's still a great number, a great portion of the military community that is concerned about that. They believe "don't ask, don't tell" worked. If it's not broke, don't fix it--or if it's not, it's not in need of fixing, you don't need to repair it. So I'd leave it alone.

Apparently Pawlenty's a fan of Elaine Donnelly's bigoted wingnut brigade.


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