Joe Sudbay is right about this one: Pawlenty is working extra hard to burnish his anti-gay credentials so that he can run for president.

Gov. Tim Pawlenty vetoed a bill Saturday that would have given same-sex partners the right to decide what to do with the body of their loved ones, should they die.

Pawlenty had said he would veto the bill, calling it unnecessary because partners can draw up a living will. But advocates argue that married couples do not have to do that and that legal documents often cost money to draft.

There is absolutely no reason to oppose such a bill, besides the sheer self-centered meanness that seems to be a prerequisite for being a member of the modern teabagging GOP. It’s also pretty revelatory of the modern state of conservative Christianity. Pawlenty feels the need to kick gay people for no reason in order to impress the people who claim to love Jesus the hardest.