Minnesota's Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty vetoed a bill over the weekend that would have allowed gay and lesbians the right to make after-life decisions with the body of their deceased partner, reports The Pioneer Press.
"Pawlenty said he would veto the bill, calling it unnecessary because partners can draw up a living will. But advocates argue married couples do not have to do that and 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 declined to seek a third term in 2010 and is often mentioned as a 2012 presidential candidate, btw.
In January, you may recall that Rhode Island legislators easily overrode anti-gay GOP Governor Donald Carcieri's mean-spirited veto of a similar bill that granted funeral decision-making rights to same-sex couples.