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Gay rights sought

A group supporting gay rights in the law proposes giving surviving same-sex partners the power to honor dying wishes.

"Most Minnesotans from across the state expect our laws to treat people equally, yet 515 of our laws fall short," said Sen. Yvonne Prettner Solon, DFL-Duluth. "Changes to current law are necessary to ensure equal and fair treatment for all Minnesota families."

For instance, under current law, same-sex partners do not have the right that married spouses have to control the remains of their partners after death.

The proposals also would allow a gay survivor to sue after a partner's wrongful death and to allow a partner the same deferred home lien enforcement that married surviving spouses enjoy.