Pope Francis Warms Up To The Idea Of Civil Unions For Gay Couples
Pope Francis all but endorsed same-sex civil unions on behalf of the Catholic Church. During an interview with Italian press, the Pope supported the idea of relationship rights but stopped short of coming out for marriage equality.
"Matrimony is between a man and a woman," Pope Francis said, but the ability to "regulate diverse situations of cohabitation (are) driven by the need to regulate economic aspects among persons, as for instance to assure medical care. It is necessary to look at the diverse cases and evaluate them in their variety." The pope specifically mentioned the need for gay couples to have hospital visitation rights and protections when it comes to property.
Pope Francis has publicly opposed marriage equality since assuming the papacy, but these new remarks warming up to some other form of recognizing same-sex unions fall in line with his handful of recent "Gay is Okay" moments.