By Kwame Ismail Nkurunziza
Pope Francis has for the first time come out to promote homosexuality by agitating for the rights of gays to have families.
In a new documentary about his life titled ‘Francesco’ that was aired on Wednesday in Rome, Pope Francis talks about homos as “Children of God who have a right to family.”
The Pontiff asserts that; “Nobody should be thrown out, or be made miserable because of it”.
The 83-year-old Argentinian goes on to add that; “What we have to create is a civil union law. That way they are legally covered. I stop up for that.”
Although his words are a major departure from the official position of the Vatican, observers who have followed Pope Francis’ career through the year say it comes as a surprise.
But it should be noted that when he was still Bishop of Bueno Aires, Francis approved civil union between gay couples.
In the documentary directed by Evegeny Afineevsky, a Russian-born Jew, the Pope tackles other major world problems like racism, sexual abuse, human trafficking, political polarization, climate change and relations between Christians, Muslims and Jews.
The Pope’s declaration however comes at a time when homosexuality is a contentious issue in Uganda, where it is outlawed and punishable by lengthy jail terms or even death sentence if convicted of the crime.
Pope Francis endorsements for gays to have families also comes at a time when renowned Ugandan gospel singer Julie Mutesasira, the former wife of Pastor Steven Mutesasira, is making headlines after she publicised her lesbian marriage early this week.
Julie, who is nowadays a transgender and is the husband at home, is currently living with his/her yet to be identified wife in Canada, where pals says they are planning to start up a family.
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