Pope Francis has openly supported same-sex civil unions in a documentary that debuted in Rome on Wednesday, October 22, 2020, sending the Catholic Church into a fit of questions.
Speaking on pastoral outreach and care for people who identify as LGBTQ, the head of the Roman Catholic church said that he thinks same-sex couples should be allowed to have “civil unions”.
His comments in the Evgeny Afineevsky-directed documentary, has been described by observers as his clearest remarks yet on gay relationships
“Homosexual people have a right to be in a family,” Pope Francis said in the documentary.
“They are children of God and have a right to a family. Nobody should be thrown out or made miserable over it.
“What we have to create is a civil union law. That way they are legally covered.”
He added that he “stood up for that”, apparently referring to his time as Archbishop of Buenos Aires when, although opposing same-sex marriages in law, he supported some legal protections for same-sex couples.