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Pope Francis defends ‘traditional’ marriage ahead of Italy civil unions vote

by Reuters  |  published on January 26, 2016

Pope Francis has issued a reminder of the Catholic Church’s opposition to gay marriage as a fierce debate rages in Italy ahead of a vote that would give legal recognition to homosexual couples.

On Thursday, the senate is due to resume debating a bill that would legalise civil partnership for gay people as well as for unmarried heterosexual couples. Many opponents say the law is a Trojan horse that would lead to legalising gay marriage.

The pontiff, who generally has taken a more socially progressive line on gender issues than his predecessors, told Vatican judges “there can be no confusion between the family God wants and any other type of union”.

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