Pawlenty vetoes a bill that would have granted end-of-life decisions to same-sex partners, claiming that current contract law and wills make the issue moot:

“The Governor’s facts are wrong,” said Ann Kaner-Roth, executive director of Project 515, a group that backed the bill, in a statement on Sunday. “Same-sex couples can’t sue for wrongful death, and current law does not provide the same level of protection for a same-sex partner trying to carry out their deceased partner’s final wishes.”

Pareene sees it as a cynical ploy for 2012. Jim Burroway sighs:

It’s bad enough when people refuse to recognize your dignity while you’re still alive, but Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty (R) has ensured that the insults will continue even after you die.

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