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Shocker: Pope Open to Gay Civil Unions
The Catholic Church could tolerate some types of civil unions as a way of protecting healthcare and property rights, Pope Francis said in an interview in the Italian daily newspaper Corriere della Sera.
While asserting that “matrimony is between a man and a woman,” the pontiff added that moves to “regulate diverse situations of cohabitation [are] driven by the need to regulate economic aspects among persons, as for instance to assure medical care. … It is necessary to look at the diverse cases and evaluate them in their variety.”
It is the first time a Pope has ever indicated even a minute acceptance of civil unions.
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Inside the Conservative Campaign to Launch “Jim Crow-Style” Bills Against Gay Americans
By Dana Liebelson
Kansas set off a national firestorm last week when the GOP-controlled House passed a bill that would have allowed anyone to refuse to do business with same-sex couples by citing religious beliefs. The bill, which covered both private businesses and individuals, including government employees, would have barred same-sex couples from suing anyone who denies them food service, hotel rooms, social services, adoption rights, or employment—as long as the person denying the service said he or she had a religious objection to homosexuality. As of this week, the legislation was dead in the Senate.
But the Kansas bill is not a one-off effort. [READ MORE]