Pope Francis has said that he thinks same-sex couples should be allowed to have “civil unions”.
According to the BBC News the Pope made the comments during the premier of the film ‘Francesco’, about the life and work of Pope Francis premiered as part of the Rome Film Festival.
The Pope’s comments, observers say are his clearest remarks yet on gay relationships, in a documentary directed by Evgeny Afineevsky.
“Homosexual people have a right to be in a family,” he said in the film, which premiered on Wednesday. They are children of God and have a right to a family. Nobody should be thrown out or made miserable over it.
“What we have to create is a civil union law. That way they are legally covered”, he further stated.
He added that he “stood up for that”, apparently referring to when he was Archbishop of Buenos Aires and, although opposing same-sex marriages in law, he supported some legal protections for the rights of same-sex couples.
Under current Catholic doctrine, gay relationships are referred to as “deviant behaviour”.
The remarks have set tongues wagging among Vatican-watchers – and they mark
his clearest support for the issue since becoming Pope.