Pope Francis on Friday reiterated the
Roman Catholic Church's opposition to gay marriage as Italian
lawmakers debate a gay-inclusive civil unions bill.
The Italian Senate is expected next
week to vote on a bill that would recognize the unions of gay
couples. Opponents claim that civil partnerships will open the door
to marriage and adoption for gay couples.
“There can be no confusion between
the family God wants and any other type of union,” Pope Francis is
quoted by Reuters as telling members of the Vatican court that rules
on marriage annulments.
“The family, founded on indissoluble
matrimony that unites and allows procreation, is part of God's dream
and that of his church for the salvation of humanity,” he added.
PD Senator Monica Cirinna, the bill's
author, told reporters this week that the Vatican's position on
marriage has at times “cast a shadow” on the debate.