Pawlenty Vetoes End-of-Life Bill
BY Julie Bolcer
May 17 2010 8:30 AM ET
As expected, Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty vetoed a bill Saturday that would have given same-sex partners the right to decide what to do with the bodies of their deceased loved ones.
Last week, Pawlenty said he would veto the domestic partner funeral rights bill, deeming it unnecessary under current law and calling it an attempt to stir up political controversy.
According to the St. Paul Pioneer Press, “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.”