Pope Francis Endorses Civil Unions For Same-Sex Couples

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Pope Francis Endorses Civil Unions For Same-Sex Couples
In the film "Francesco," Pope Francis said civil unions legally protect couples.
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Pope Francis endorsed civil unions for same-sex couples for the first time while being filmed for a documentary that premiered Wednesday. 

In the film "Francesco," Pope Francis said civil unions legally protect couples. He added, "Homosexual people have the right to be in a family. They are children of God." 

Pope Francis endorsed same-sex civil unions as an alternative to gay marriage when he was an archbishop. But he hasn't made his stance public since becoming pope. 

Contains footage from CNN.