Pope Francis says in a newly released documentary that a civil union law providing rights for same-sex couples is necessary, in what are his first remarks as pope in support of the idea. Francis' comments come as the U. Supreme Court and questions from two current justices on the decision that made same-sex marriage legal in Francis was asked about the rights of same-sex couples during an interview that appeared in the new documentary Francesco , which debuted Wednesday at the Rome Film Festival. They are children of God," Francis said during the interview, according to the Associated Press. Same-sex marriage became legal in the U.
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The film, which features fresh interviews with the pope, delves into issues Francis cares about most, including the environment, poverty, migration, racial and income inequality, and the people most affected by discrimination. What we have to have is a civil union law; that way they are legally covered. While serving as archbishop of Buenos Aires, Francis endorsed civil unions for gay couples as an alternative to same-sex marriages. However, he had never come out publicly in favor of civil unions as pope, and no pontiff before him had, either. The Jesuit priest who has been at the forefront in seeking to build bridges with gays in the church, the Rev. However, the conservative bishop of Providence, Rhode Island, Thomas Tobin, immediately called for clarification. One of the main characters in the documentary is Juan Carlos Cruz, the Chilean survivor of clergy sexual abuse whom Francis initially discredited during a visit to Chile.
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This is a departure from the position of his predecessors and the comments will revive the debate within the church on sexual morals, and draw criticism from conservatives who say the pope has drifted too from traditional values. The Catholic Church has long resisted the idea that same-sex couples should enjoy legal protection. That was the case in Italy where civil unions are described as something different from marriage, which remains the prerogative of a man-woman relationship.
Pope Francis on Wednesday voiced support for same-sex couples, calling them "children of God" and saying they should be allowed to have legally recognised civil unions, in a radical shift from previous pontiffs. The pope, whose opposition to gay marriage remains unchanged, said in a documentary premiered at the Rome Film Festival: "These are children of God, they have the right to a family. I have defended that," he said in film-maker Evgeny Afineevsky's "Francesco". According to biographer Austen Ivereigh, the future pope backed civil unions for gay couples while he was still the archbishop of Buenos Aires and known as Jorge Bergoglio. But while Francis has previously spoken about same-sex unions, he has always voiced opposition to gay marriage, saying that marriage should only be between a man and woman.