What are same-sex civil unions?

Same-sex civil unions are legal agreements between two people of the same sex that provide them with similar legal rights and protection as others

In October 2020, Pope Francis became the first pontiff to approve same-sex civil unions

The pope’s endorsement was met with cheers from gay Catholics and demands for clarification from conservatives

The Vatican’s official stance on homosexuality is that it is “intrinsically disordered” and that homosexual acts are “contrary to the natural law.”

Despite the Vatican’s official stance, Pope Francis has been vocal about his message of inclusion and acceptance of the LGBTQ+ community.

Prior to his endorsement of same-sex civil unions, Pope Francis had expressed support for civil unions for same-sex partners in an interview in 2014.

Pope Francis’ endorsement of same-sex civil unions is seen as a call for change within the Catholic Church

Pope Francis’ endorsement of same-sex civil unions is a significant step forward for the Catholic Church and a sign of hope for the LGBTQ+ community around the world.

Pope's approval has marked a significant departure from the Vatican’s official stance on the issue.