Pope Francis on gay marriages: Pope Francis has defended the rights of gay couples arguing that they should be allowed to enter into legal marriages just like any other couple.
The Pope was interviewed in a documentary premiered at the Rome Film Festival yesterday.
In the film, Francesco was directed by Evgeny Afineevsky, Pope Francis says a gay person has the right to be in a family.
“These are children of God, they have the right to a family,” The Pope said in Spanish.
“What we have to create is a law of civil union, they have the right to be legally protected. I have defended that.”
According to biographer Austen Ivereigh, the future pope backed civil unions for same-sex couples while he was still the archbishop of Buenos Aires and known as Jorge Bergoglio.
Francis has always opposed gay marriages arguing that marriage should only be between a man and a woman.
“‘Marriage’ is a historic word,” The Pope sociologist Dominique Wolton in a 2017 book of interviews.
“Always among human beings, and not only in the Church, but it has also been between a man and a woman. You can’t just change that like that.”
Who am I to judge gay couples?
The Pope famously said, “Who am I to judge?” when he took over at the Vatican in 2013 and has on a number of occasions welcomed gay couples.
Standing out in the documentary is a call he made to a gay couple encouraging them to keep going to the parish irrespective of people’s views on them.
The Pope has always urged parents of gay children to accept them as they are as well as parishes not to reject gays.
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