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Minnesota Governor Vows to Veto Domestic Partner Funeral Rights Bill

Following in the footsteps of Rhode Island’s anti-equality Governor Donald Carcieri, Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty has vowed to veto legislation granting end of life rights to domestic partners. Yesterday, the Minnesota Senate overwhelmingly passed a bill amending the state’s end of life statutes to add domestic partners to the list of individuals who may purse a wrongful death claim and who may make decisions about the disposition of remains. The House passed the bill 78 to 55, the preceding day. Gov. Pawlenty dislikes the bill in part because it provides a specific definition of “domestic partner” and if it were to become law, it would mark the first time “domestic partner” explicitly appears in Minnesota state law. Earlier this year, the Rhode Island Legislature overrode Gov. Carcieri’s veto to enact a similar bill giving same-sex partners the authority to make funeral arrangements for their deceased loved ones.

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