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Pope OKs civil unions, maybe

by Mike Andrew – SGN Staff Writer Pope Francis said in an interview published March five that the Catholic Church might support civil unions, but same-sex relationship is still off the table. In an interview with the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera, the Pope contradicted previous Vatican assertions that he did not support any legal recognition for same-sex couples. ‘[M]arriage is definitely between a man and a woman, ‘ the Pope insisted, but he or she also added that ‘We need to look at different cases and assess them in their variety. ‘ The particular comment was ‘the first time a Pope has indicated even tentative acceptance of civil unions, ‘ Catholic News Service said. Both National Catholic Reporter, a liberal-leaning American Catholic publication, and the Nyc Times have reported that Francis supported civil unions as an alternative to same-sex marriage in 2010, when he was Archbishop of Buenos Aires.

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