Pope Francis in a documentary that premiered on Wednesday reportedly backed civil unions for same-sex couples. "Homosexuals have a right to be a part of the family," Francis reportedly says in the film Francesco. "They're children of God and have a right to a family. Nobody should be thrown out, or be made miserable because of it. What we have to create is a civil union law. That way they are legally covered." This was the first time Francis had expressed approval of same-sex civil unions as pope, and it was a departure from the stance of the Vatican. Jesuit priest James Martin praised the pope's comments as "a major step forward in the church's support for LGBTQ people."

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