Pope Francis' stunning endorsement of same-sex civil unions is not wholly unexpected, though for many LGBTQ advocates, it is a welcome message. Catholics, as a whole, generally are among one of the more accepting sects of Christianity when it comes to same-sex unions. It's a trend mirrored globally: Within the past five years , along with the United States, Ireland, Colombia, Malta and Austria — all of which are primarily Catholic countries — legalized same-sex marriage. Related: 29 countries where same-sex marriage is officially legal.
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Pope Francis calls for civil union law for same-sex couples, in shift from Vatican stance
CNN - After the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. King was poised to join Graham on one of his barnstorming crusades, but he would do so only on one condition. For King, justice was primary. For them, personal salvation is primary; homosexuality a sin, and so is gay marriage.
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Weeks after the Supreme Court legalized gay marriage, protest and resistance to the ruling continues in Mississippi, the only state with a flag still paying homage to the Confederacy. Two elected judges this week announced decisions to no longer officiate weddings. Beyond public officials, Mississippi has a newfound opponent of the reality of legal marriage of same-sex couples in each state: a news organization based in Tupelo. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, the state's third-largest newspaper, has a special connection to me. I spent a significant part of my professional career writing for the organization, including when working on stories related to access to public records and investigating a rural water association with questionable financial activities.
The remarks came amid a portion of the documentary that reflected on pastoral care for those who identify as LGBT. After those remarks, and in comments likely to spark controversy among Catholics, Pope Francis weighed in directly on the issue of civil unions for same-sex couples. The film addresses the pastoral outreach of Pope Francis to those who identify as LGBT, including a story of the pontiff encouraging two Italian men in a same-sex relationship to raise their children in their parish church, which, one of the men said, was greatly beneficial to his children.