Pope Francis called for the creation of civil union laws for same-sex couples in a new documentary that aired in Rome on Wednesday, breaking from the Vatican’s stance on the issue.
"Homosexuals have a right to be part of the family," he said in Francesco, a documentary about his life, according to the Catholic News Agency. "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," he added. "That way, they are legally covered. I stood up for that.”