Pope Francis Endorses Same-Sex Civil Unions

After decades of attempts by the Catholic Church to crush marriage equality, Pope Francis has called for civil unions for same-sex couples, reports BuzzFeed News.

“What we have to create is a civil union law. That way they are legally covered,” said Pope Francis, in a new documentary when speaking about how to support LGBTQ people, according to the Catholic News Agency. “I stood up for that.”

“Homosexuals have a right to be a part of the family,” said the pope. “They’re children of God and have a right to a family. Nobody should be thrown out or be made miserable because of it.”

The new documentary by Evgeny Afineevsky, Francesco, premiered at the Rome Film Festival on Wednesday and focuses on how the pope cares and helps for disadvantaged communities.

His comments in the film are the first time Francis has openly called for legal protections for same-sex relationships as pontiff.