Pope Francis voices support of same sex civil unions for gay couples

For the first time in the Catholic church’s history the pope took a major departure from the position of the Vatican’s own teachings.
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Transcript for Pope Francis voices support of same sex civil unions for gay couples
We will go overseas and news from pope Francis coming out in favor of same-sex civil unions for gay couples signaling a new direction for the catholic church. James Longman is in Vatican City with the details. Good morning, James. Reporter: Yeah, good morning, George. It sent shock waves around the world. The pope for the first time in the church's history has voiced his support for same-sex civil unions. In a new documentary pope Francis is quoted as saying homosexual people have a right to be in a family. They are children of god. We have to create a civil union law, that way they are legally covered. Now he has said similar things in the past but never as explicitly and never as pope. A major departure from the Vatican's own teachings, the emphasis on the legitimacy of gay families notable although conservative catholics who rebelled before are calling for clarity. We're not talking about marriage nor has pope Francis given any formal announcement but a big moment for those who want to see a more modern church, Michael. Big moment indeed, James.

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