"Mexico is the second-biggest Catholic country after Brazil with around 80% of its nearly 130 million people affiliated with the church. It has historically been conservative-leaning on social issues.
Cardinal Carlos Aguiar, archbishop of Mexico City, said in an interview that he backs the pope’s comments from a documentary that premiered in October and used previously unseen footage from an interview he gave to Mexican broadcaster Televisa. The comments marked the first time a sitting pope had advocated any legal protections for gay couples.
'I completely agree,' said Aguiar, a long-time ally of Pope Francis, who spoke ahead of Saturday’s feast day of the Virgin of Guadalupe, one of the Mexican Church’s most important annual celebrations.
In the documentary, entitled 'Francesco,' the pope says, 'Homosexual people have the right to be in a family, they are children of god,' and 'what we have to have is a civil union law, that way they are legally covered.'
'Because if, as it happens unfortunately, a son in a family declares himself openly homosexual, then they don’t want to have anything to do with him. And that can’t be, it just can’t be,' he said, echoing Francis’ sentiments.
'If they decide as a matter of free choice to be with another person, to be in a union, that’s freedom,' he said."
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