Pope Francis Declares Support for Civil Unions for Gay Couples
Same-sex couples should be recognized under the law, Pope Francis said in a new documentary that premiered in Rome today.
“What we have to create is a civil union law,” he said in an interview for the documentary Francesco, according to Jesuit magazine America. “That way they are legally covered. I stood up for that.”
This is being treated as major news, the first time that a pope has called for legal recognition of gay relationships. However, it’s reportedly not a new position for Francis. When he was an archbishop in Buenos Aires, America notes, he supported civil unions for same-sex couples as an alternative to legal recognition of gay marriage, which the Catholic Church was resisting.
The Church ultimately lost that debate; Argentina legalized gay marriage in 2010.
As pope, Francis has been supportive of embracing the Catholic Church’s LGBT members as part of its family. Catholic teaching opposes gay sexual activity and marriage
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