Pope Francis isn’t backing down on the Catholic Church’s gay-marriage-ban, but he does say that he understands the need for civil unions.
The Pope stated that governments use civil unions to award couples economic security and other benefits such as healthcare. He also said that “one needs to see the different cases and evaluate them in their variety,” reports The New York Daily News.
Pope Francis was very clear on the church’s beliefs about gay marriage. While talking about civil unions, he said that “Marriage is between a man and a woman.” The Pope also took this time to address the myths that he was some sort of “Superman” that was going to abolish old church doctrine. He expressed his dislike for this image and said the Pope shouldn’t be viewed as a celebrity.
The United States is also in the middle of a fight over gay marriage. Movements to legalize gay marriage in America were helped when the IRS ruled that married gay couples could file federal taxes together. Since then, more states have legalized gay marriage.
The UK is also looking to legalize gay marriage with a law passed by the House of Commons.