Eight things you should know about newly announced Republican Presidential candidate, former Governor and anti-gay Tim Pawlenty of Minnesota:
1. Pawlenty proudly opposes recognition of any same-sex unions: In a recent interview on FOX News, he told Greta Van Susteren that he will “never be at the point where I say all domestic relationship[s] are the same as traditional marriage. They are not.”
2. Pawlenty supports maintaining Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, rescinding funding to implement its repeal, and perhaps not allowing gays and lesbians to serve at all.
3. Pawlenty regrets his vote as a state legislator supporting nondiscrimination protections based on gender identity.
4. Pawlenty vetoed a bill extending end-of-life rights to same-sex couples. In addition, same-sex couples continue to be limited in the ability to seek restitution for wrongful death.
5. Pawlenty vetoed an anti-bullying bill adding sexual orientation and gender identity to Minnesota’s bullying policies and training.
6. In 2001, Pawlenty opposed labor unions’ efforts to offer benefits to employees’ same-sex partners.
7. Pawlenty vetoed a bill allowing local municipalities in Minnesota to offer domestic partner benefits.
8. Pawlenty vetoed a bill allowing state employees to use their accrued sick leave to take care of seriously ill family members.
For more detail, check out Zack Ford’s excellent article on the issues listed above.