The Vatican has decreed that the Catholic Church cannot bless same-sex unions, which could give the impression of a sacramental equivalence to marriage, but supports churches in welcoming and blessing gay people. March 15, Since gay unions are not intended to be part of that plan, they cannot be blessed by the church, the document said. Pope Francis has endorsed providing gay couples with legal protections in same-sex unions, but that is in reference to the civil sphere, not within the church. Those comments were made during an interview with a Mexican broadcaster, Televisa, in , but were cut by the Vatican until they appeared in a documentary last year. They are children of God.
How Catholics around the world see same-sex marriage, homosexuality
Catholics' views of gay marriage around the world | Pew Research Center
Prior to their decision, same-sex marriage was already legal in 37 states and Washington DC, but was banned in the remaining Proponents of legal gay marriage contend that gay marriage bans are discriminatory and unconstitutional, and that same-sex couples should have access to all the benefits enjoyed by different-sex couples. Opponents contend that marriage has traditionally been defined as being between one man and one woman, and that marriage is primarily for procreation. Read more background…. As David S.
In setback for gay Catholics, Vatican says church cannot bless same-sex unions
Some Christian denominations do not consider homosexuality or transgender identity to be sins. These include entire religious denominations , as well as individual churches and congregations. Additionally, some denominations which are not LGBT-affirming have member-organized groups which are not officially sanctioned by the denomination. There are also ecumenical or para-church programmes that are explicitly outreaches to LGBT people, but do not identify with any particular faith tradition or denomination. Today some Christian denominations are accepting of homosexuality and transgender identity and inclusive of homosexual and transgender people, such as the United Church of Christ and the Metropolitan Community Church.
About Follow Donate. A growing number of governments around the world are considering whether to grant legal recognition to same-sex marriages. So far, 30 countries and territories have enacted national laws allowing gays and lesbians to marry, mostly in Europe and the Americas.