Pope Francis Calls for Civil Union Laws for Same-Sex Couples

Headline Roundup October 21st, 2020

Pope Francis called for the creation of civil union laws for same-sex couples in a new documentary screened at the Rome Film Festival on Wednesday: “What we have to create is a civil union law. That way, they are legally covered. I stood up for that.” Francis also said that "[homosexuals] have a right to a family. Nobody should be thrown out, or be made miserable because of it.” The Catholic church has not indicated any change in its official stance on the issue; current Catholic doctrine under the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith includes strong opposition to civil unions, calling them an “approval of deviant behaviour.”

Coverage in some center- and left-rated outlets focused on activists’ expectations that the pope’s comments would lead to greater acceptance of LGBTQ+ people. Coverage in center- and right-rated outlets tended to distinguish between the pope’s views and the church’s doctrine.

Pope Francis Calls for Civil Union Laws for Same-Sex Couples

From the Left
2000

After decades of attempts by the Catholic Church to crush marriage equality, Pope Francis has called for civil unions for same-sex couples.

“What we have to create is a civil union law. That way they are legally covered,” said Pope Francis, in a new documentary when speaking about how to support LGBTQ people, according to the Catholic News Agency. “I stood up for that."

"Homosexuals have a right to be a part of the family," said the pope. "They’re children of God and have a right to a family. Nobody...

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From the Center
2000

Pope Francis has said that homosexuals should be protected by civil union laws in some of the clearest language he has used on the rights of gay people since his election seven years ago.

He made his comments in a new documentary “Francesco” by Oscar-nominated director Evgeny Afineevsky that was released on Wednesday.

“Homosexual people have a right to be in a family. They are children of God and have a right to a family. Nobody should be thrown out or be made miserable over it,” he said.

“What we...

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From the Right
2000

Pope Francis came out in support of civil union laws for same-sex couples, according to a new documentary that premiered Wednesday in Rome.

“Homosexuals have a right to be a part of the family,” Francis said in “Francesco,” a new film about his life and papacy, according to Catholic News Agency. “They’re children of God and have a right to a family. Nobody should be thrown out, or be made miserable because of it.”

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