Julie Hanlon Rubio does not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organisation that would benefit from this article, and has disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond their academic appointment. Public support for civil unions from Pope Francis is not entirely new. When he was archbishop of Buenos Aires , and again in a interview, he spoke about civil unions for same-sex couples. Traditional Catholic doctrine holds that marriage between a man and a woman is the foundation of the family.
Pope Endorses Same-Sex Civil Unions in New Documentary Film
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The film, which features fresh interviews with the pope, delves into issues Francis cares about most, including the environment, poverty, migration, racial and income inequality, and the people most affected by discrimination. What we have to have is a civil union law; that way they are legally covered. While serving as archbishop of Buenos Aires, Francis endorsed civil unions for gay couples as an alternative to same-sex marriages. However, he had never come out publicly in favor of civil unions as pope, and no pontiff before him had, either. The Rev. Later Wednesday, questions arose about when Francis first made the remarks.
Francis becomes 1st pope to endorse same-sex civil unions
But a source in Mexico familiar with the interview said the original raw footage the Vatican provided to Televisa from the interview did not include the quote on civil unions. The source spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the press. The Vatican did not respond to requests for comment. When the pope consents to such interviews, the Vatican television unit films them and provides the full footage to the correspondent in question to edit and choose what to use.
In recent years, the nation's leading media style books have published guidelines for language and terminology use when reporting on LGBTQ people and their lives, issues and stories. The Associated Press, Reuters, and The New York Times all restrict usage of the term "homosexual" — a word whose clinical history and pejorative connotations are routinely exploited by anti-LGBTQ extremists to suggest that people attracted to the same sex are somehow diseased or psychologically and emotionally disordered. Editors at the AP and New York Times also have instituted rules against the use of inaccurate terminology such as "sexual preference" and "gay lifestyle. Preferred over homosexual except in clinical contexts or references to sexual activity.