Pope Francis has spoken up in defense of homosexual families and called for civil union laws for same-sex couples — a major shift from both his own and the Vatican’s position on the matter.
“Homosexuals have a right to be a part of the family. They’re children of God and have a right to a family,” the pontiff says in a new documentary, “Francesco,” according to the Catholic News Agency.
“Nobody should be thrown out, or be made miserable because of it,” the Pope reportedly says in the doc, that premiered Oct. 21 at the Rome Film Festival.
“What we have to create is a civil union law. That way they are legally covered,” the pope said. “I stood up for that.”
Pope Francis opposed efforts to legalize same-sex marriage in 2010 while he was Archbishop of Buenos Aires, the Catholic News Agency noted.