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Breaking with tradition, Pope Francis backs same-sex unions

Pope Francis has pushed new boundaries in a documentary released this week by supporting same-sex civil unions.

The pontiff’s remarks in the new documentary are said to represent some of the clearest language he has used in relation to the rights of LGBTQ people.

“Homosexual people have a right to be in a family,” the Pope says in the documentary, Francesco, by Oscar-nominated director Evgeny Afineevsky.

“They are children of God and have a right to a family. Nobody should be thrown out or be made miserable over it,” he adds.

In the film, the head of the world’s 1.5 billion Roman Catholics is seen advocating the creation of a “civil union law”, which, according to him, allows them to be “legally covered”.

When he was archbishop of Buenos Aires, Pope Francis opposed legislation to approve same-sex marriage but supported legal protections for the rights of gay couples.

Reuters quotes Papal biographer Austen Ivereigh as saying the Pope’s comments in the film were some of the clearest language the pontiff has used on the subject since his election in 2013.

The Pope,  who early in his papacy made the now-famous “Who am I to judge?” comment about homosexuals trying to live a Christian life, spoke glowingly in a section of the film about Andrea Rubera, a gay man who with his partner adopted three children.

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