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In what is definitely a first for the Catholic Church, Pope Francis is endorsing same-sex unions in a new documentary. While it’s not quite the same as endorsing gay marriage, it’s definitely a step in the right direction. Read on for the full story.

Pope Francis Asks For Same-Sex Unions, a First for the Catholic Church

Pope Francis just became the very first pontiff to endorse same-sex civil unions. During an interview for a film-length documentary titled “Francesco,” he said,

What we have to create is a civil union law.

Pope Francis is one of the few people in his position to support LGBTQ rights, and while he may still have a long way to go in creating a more inclusive church, his first steps are definitely heading in the right direction.

In the documentary the Pope gives an interview to filmmaker Evgeny Afineevsky, where he states that:

Homosexuals have a right to be a 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.

Pope Francis- a stark contrast to Benedict

Pope Francis became a pope back in 2013, and since then, he did everything he could in order to raise awareness on the fact that the LGBT community doesn’t have the same rights as others.

Reverend James Martin is one of the church’s LGBT advocates, actively trying to create more a inclusive environment for the community. In a phone interview, he said:

I think it’s a big step forward. In the past, even civil unions were frowned upon in many quarters of the church. He is putting his weight behind legal recognition of same-sex civil unions.

Back when Benedict XVI was a pope, he called homosexuality an “intrinsic moral evil,” and the church has been teaching that being gay is wrong since the beginning of time.

“Who am I to judge?”

In 2013, when Francis spoke about homosexuality and lesbianism, he said “Who am I to judge?,” line that’s still mentioned today in every publication. He says that God loves all creatures, and LGBTQ people are definitely included.

The director of Fordham University’s Center on Religion and Culture, David Gibson said:

This is huge. Looking behind all this, he’s basically saying, again, we’re not out here to be culture warriors. We’re not out here to pick fights. We are out here to build up the family.

Marianne Duddy-Burke is the executive director of DignityUSA, and she said:

Is this a confession that the world and legal communities are moving forward and the church is eons behind? Is it a step forward, or is it a way to avoid going all the way toward same-sex sacramental marriage? Because we’ve experienced a push pull from the church on this, we’ll hold our breath.

In 2014, Pope Francis was still a Cardinal in Argentina, and according to a Religion News Service story he tried to “negotiate with the Argentine government over the legalization of gay marriage and signaled he would be open to civil unions as an alternative.”

On top of that, according to the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera, Pope Francis claimed that “the church’s teaching that marriage is between a man and a woman while acknowledging that governments want to adopt civil unions for gay couples and others to allow for economic and other benefits.”

Right now, Italy is the last country to offer legal rights to the LGBT couples, but we’re looking forward to see it all over the world.

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