In a new documentary that premiered in Rome yesterday, Pope Francis appeared to endorse civil unions for same-sex couples for the first time as pope. They are children of God and have a right to a family. Nobody should be thrown out or be made miserable over it. What we have to have is a civil union law—that way they are legally covered.
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About Follow Donate. A growing number of governments around the world are considering whether to grant legal recognition to same-sex marriages. So far, 30 countries and territories have enacted national laws allowing gays and lesbians to marry, mostly in Europe and the Americas. In Mexico, some jurisdictions allow same-sex couples to wed, while others do not. Below is a list of countries that have legalized the practice, with the most recent countries to do so shown first.
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A civil union is a legally recognized union similar to marriage. Beginning with Denmark in , civil unions under one name or another have been established by law in many developed countries in order to provide same-sex couples with rights , benefits, and responsibilities similar in some countries, identical to opposite-sex civil marriage. In some jurisdictions , such as Quebec , New Zealand , and Uruguay , civil unions are also open to opposite-sex couples. Most civil-union countries recognize foreign unions if those are essentially equivalent to their own; for example, the United Kingdom lists equivalent unions in Civil Partnership Act Schedule Supporters of civil unions contend that civil unions grant same-sex couples equal rights to married couples.
The Catholic Church does not have the power to bless same-sex unions, the Vatican office responsible for doctrine has said. In October, Pope Francis said in a documentary that he thought same-sex couples should be allowed to have "civil unions". In the Catholic Church, a blessing is given by a priest or other minister in the name of the Church. On Monday, Pope Francis approved the response by the CDF, saying it was "not intended to be a form of unjust discrimination, but rather a reminder of the truth of the liturgical rite". Some parishes in recent months, including in Germany and the US, have started giving blessings to people in same-sex relationships as a way to welcome gay Catholics to the church, Reuters news agency reported.