Pope Francis Declares Support for Same-Sex Civil Unions

Pope Francis endorsed same-sex civil unions for the first time as pope while being interviewed for the feature-length documentary “Francesco.”

Pope Francis endorsed same-sex civil unions for the first time as pope while being interviewed for the feature-length documentary “Francesco.”

“Homosexuals have a right to be part of the family. They’re children of God and have a right to a family. Nobody should be thrown out, or be made miserable because of it,” said the pope in the documentary.

Pope Francis explained that there is a need to create is a civil union law in order for same-sex couples to be legally covered.

Pope Francis previously endorsed civil unions for gay couples as an alternative to same-sex marriages in public while serving as archbishop of Buenos Aires but never before as pope.

The director of the documentary Evgeny Afineevsky, a Russian-born US national of Jewish background said that he hopes the film would frame Pope Francis as “a great connector.”

“Francesco” also tackled issues regarding the environment, poverty, migration, racial and income inequality, and the people most affected by discrimination.

Afineevsky explained that had access to cardinals, the Vatican television archives, and the pope himself when the film was made. 

Vatican spokesperson Matteo Bruni said he declined to comment on “Francesco” until he had seen the film and the pope’s remarks.


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