“This is joyous news. Pope Francis has spoken up for the protection of our environment, our planet, and now His Holiness is using this voice to speak in support of LGBTQ people. America has undergone a remarkable transformation as a country when it comes to expanding and protecting LGBTQ rights but it didn’t happen overnight and it is our shared hope that the Pope’s statements can help ensure more equality around the world with members and leaders of the Catholic Church leading the way with love and acceptance.”
It was reported that Pope Francis said in a break from Vatican doctrine: “Homosexuals have a right to be a part of the family. They’re children of God and have a right to a family. Nobody should be thrown out or be made miserable because of it.” It was also reported that Pope Francis said that gay couples deserve legal protections for same-sex relationships. He also endorsed civil unions.