Last week, the Legislature passed a bill to give gay partners the power to decide about how to dispose of a body and file wrongful death suits. This week, Gov. Tim Pawlenty vetoed the bill. No end-of-life rights for same-sex couples. Alas.

“Marriage – defined as between a man and woman – should remain elevated in our society at a special level, as it traditionally has been. I oppose efforts to treat domestic relationships as the equivalent of traditional marriage. Accordingly, I am opposed to this bill,” he said in his veto message.

Pawlenty also argues the bill is unnecessary because gay people can give their partners rights over their remains in their wills. Of course, married couples don’t need to make special provisions in their wills to have these rights, and wills have nothing to do with the right to file wrongful death suits. But T-Paw says the bill would “stoke up a political controversy on a hot-button issue,” so he nixed it.