Second Vatican Archbishop Backs Civil Unions for Gay Couples

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The ex-chamberlain of conservative popes John Paul II and Benedict XVI is joining the small group of Vatican officials who are in favor of granting at least some rights to gay couples.

During a bishop’s meeting in Costa Rica, Archbishop Piero Marini said the church is slowly evolving on gay rights.

“Gay couples need civil unions, but we can not call them ‘marriage’,” Marini told Costa Rica’s La Nación. “Many same-sex couples are suffering because their civil rights are not recognized. But we cannot allow gay marriages.”

Marini, 70, joins Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, who in February said “‘same-sex couples are in urgent need of rights,” according to National Catholic Reporter. Sergio N. Candido

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