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MN Gov. Pawlenty: Gays Shouldn’t Have Rights Even After They’re Dead

Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty, who last year signed a bill into law that “protects the homes of surviving same-sex partners from being sold to cover state medical bills,” on Saturday vetoed a bill that would grant the surviving partner of same-sex couples the right to make funeral arrangements. He opted to kill the bill because it is, he says, unnecessary, since gay couples can put those wishes in their wills. It’s also unnecessary because Pawlenty — who’s already on record as regretting signing pro-gay bills — doesn’t want any capital-R Republicans thinking he’s too pro-gay. He’s got a GOP presidential nomination to get to, after all.