Pope Francis' stunning endorsement of same-sex civil unions is not wholly unexpected, though for many LGBTQ advocates, it is a welcome message. Catholics, as a whole, generally are among one of the more accepting sects of Christianity when it comes to same-sex unions. It's a trend mirrored globally: Within the past five years , along with the United States, Ireland, Colombia, Malta and Austria — all of which are primarily Catholic countries — legalized same-sex marriage. Related: 29 countries where same-sex marriage is officially legal. But he also acknowledges that the Pope could go farther in his support — and, in doing so, could have far-reaching implications beyond the Church.
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The ruling, one of the most far-reaching civil rights advances in recent decades, marked a victory for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer workers, who until now lacked legal protection in more than half the states. Previously, Title VII of the law was most often used to prevent workplace discrimination against women. Justice Neil M. Roberts Jr.
Francis becomes 1st pope to endorse same-sex civil unions
Sylvia Poggioli. Tom Gjelten. Alex Leff. Pope Francis has called for legislation to protect same-sex couples, according to comments he made in a new documentary that mark a break from Catholic doctrine. They are children of God and have a right to a family," the pope said in an interview in the documentary Francesco , which premiered Wednesday at the Rome Film Festival.
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.