Pope Francis Supporting Same-Sex Civil Unions Doesn’t Mean He Supports Gay Marriage

Let’s not get TOO excited.

The news has been alight with praise for Pope Francis as a documentary revealed his support for gay couples to have their own families.

In a film that premiered at the Rome Film Festival on Wednesday,  “Francesco” by Evgeny Afineevsky, the pope is seen supporting gay couples’ rights to enter into legally recognised civil unions.

“These are children of God, they have the right to a family,” Pope Francis says in the film.

“What we have to create is a law of civil union, they have the right to be legally protected. I have defended that.”

Obviously, it’s great that gay couples are being supported publicly like this. In the past, Pope Francis has been similarly against discrimination of gay people, famously saying “who am I to judge?” as he welcomes gay people to the Vatican.

He also has previously encouraged the inclusion and acceptance of gay people in their parishes and urged parents not to reject their gay children.

However, I think people are forgetting that while Francis does not discriminate against gay people personally, he still voices opposition to gay marriage, which he maintains should only be between a man and woman.

“‘Marriage’ is a historic word,” he’s quoted by French sociologist Dominique Wolton in a 2017 book of interviews.

“Always among human beings, and not only in the Church, it has been between a man and a woman. You can’t just change that like that.”

Undoubtedly, there are plenty of religious followers who may change their homophobic attitude towards gay people because of the pope’s encouraging words, but let’s not forget there is still quite an arduous road ahead for the liberation and full acceptance of gay people, and that it doesn’t end at endorsement of civil liberties for gays from the pope.

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