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Mainstream media goes gaga over Pope Francis and same-sex civil unions

by Hilary White, Rome Correspondent ROME, March 7, 2014 ( – As I do most mornings, one of the first things I did today was put the search terms “Pope Francis” into Google. This morning the offerings from the mainstream media, and a fair chunk of the blogosphere, is along the lines of “Pope Francis…

Pope Frank Warms Up To Civil Unions

(Credit: SynergyByDesign) Oops! I guess this throws a monkey wrench into the political machinations of certain right-wing American bishops and cardinals: Pope Francis signaled that the Catholic Church could support some civil unions,...Show More Summary

Pope's Civil Unions Comments Spur Hope — But Caution Too

The Vatican emphasizes that Pope Francis did not intend to enter the debate over same-sex civil unions, but some say he's opened the door wider for such discussions. Featured Image: read more

On Civil Unions, What Did the Pope Mean?

Questions remain about whether Pope Francis expressed support for same-sex civil unions or if something lost in translation. Featured Image: read more

Francis On Civil Unions, Ctd

Tyler Lopez doubts that the Pope was really endorsing same-sex partnerships in the interview published yesterday: The pope’s statement could easily be interpreted to mean the extension of legal rights to a caregiver living with a terminally ill loved one. Show More Summary

Pope Francis Expresses Extremely Tepid Support for Civil Unions… So Stop Getting All Excited

First and foremost: Pope Francis emphasizes that marriage cannot be extended to same-sex couples because it is, by definition, a heterosexual union, just like the Catholic Catechism says. On the other hand, if we don’t call it marriage... Show More Summary

The Best Of The Dish Today

Believe it or not, but the most popular post of the day was the Beard of the Week. I’m a bad person. Five others: a deeper conservatism; a tidal wave for equality; decriminalized weed in DC; the Pope on civil unions; and the rogue CIA. See you in the morning. (Photo: A Ukrainian man looks […]

CO Gov. John Hickenlooper: “Every Adult Couple Should Have The Freedom To Marry”

10 months agoLGBT / Gay : Queerty

Though he openly (and very publicly) pushed for the state to allow civil unions last year, Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper came out in support of same-sex marriage this week in what 9News calls “the political equivalent of a whisper.” The announcement almost went unnoticed, according to reports, because Hickenlooper’s new position in favor of same-sex […]

Pope Francis discusses civil unions, divorce, Humanae Vitae in new wide-ranging interview

by John Jalsevac ROME, March 5, 2014 ( – Does Pope Francis support civil unions for same-sex couples? That question has dogged his pontificate ever since disputed rumors emerged last year that while serving as an archbishop in Argentina he had proposed civil unions as a compromise to the country’s…

Pope Francis Willing To “Evaluate” Civil Unions, But No Embrace of Gay Marriage

10 months agoPolitics / US Politics : Swampland

It’s tough being Pope Francis: one day he’s accidentally using vulgarities, and the next day everyone thinks he’s upending the church’s doctrine of marriage. The latest fuss about the Holy Father’s views of gays came after the Italian daily Corriere della Sera published an interview with him on Wednesday. Show More Summary

New Poll Shows Highest Support for Gay Marriage Ever, Pope Comes Out for Civil Unions

10 months agoUnited States / Seattle : Slog

Support for same-sex marriage hits a new high... Half of all Americans believe that gay men and lesbians have a constitutional right to marry, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll in which a large majority also said businesses should not be able to deny serving gays for religious reasons. Show More Summary

CNN Grasps to Find Silver Lining for Liberals in Pope's Pro-Traditional Marriage Answer

On Wednesday, CNN's Daniel Burke gave liberal-tinged spin/extrapolation about Pope Francis's answer to an Italian newspaper's question about secular civil unions. Burke asserted in a article that the pontiff "reaffirmed the Catholic...Show More Summary

Pope Suggests Catholic Church Might Consider Civil Unions

10 months agoLGBT / Gay :

He says it’s about financial security for same-sex couples read more

Today in Your Progressive Pope

[Content Note: Homophobia; clergy abuse; rape apologia.]Today, Pope Francis is making BIG HEADLINES over his support for civil unions. Wow, right?! Pretty amazing! So what did he actually say?"Marriage is between a man and a woman.""The...Show More Summary

Pope Francis Says Catholic Church Could Support Same-Sex Civil Unions

10 months agoUnited States / Seattle : Slog

CNN says: Pope Francis reaffirmed the Catholic Church's opposition to gay marriage on Wednesday, but suggested in a newspaper interview that it could support some types of civil unions. The Pope reiterated the church's longstanding teaching...Show More Summary

Pope might accept civil unions for gays

The Pope already had people buzzing about his earlier "who am I to judge?" comments about gays.

Pope Francis Suggests Catholic Church Might Support Civil Unions

10 months agoLGBT / Gay : Towleroad

Pope Francis suggested in an interview on Wednesday that the church might consider supporting same-sex civil unions, CNN reports: On gay marriage, the Pope reiterated the church's longstanding teaching that "marriage is between a man and a woman." However, Pope...

Holy Crap

Pope Francis suggests he's open to civil unions for gay and lesbian couples.

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