Francis stated, "Homosexuals have a right to be part of the family. They are now hearing this message from the Pope, and I think it can be life-saving and affirming for those people", said Butler. "Nobody should be thrown out or be made miserable over it", the Pope said in the film.
The film will be released in the United States on Sunday. "What we have to create is a civil union law". He also stated he has supported this position in the past.
While serving as archbishop of Buenos Aires, Francis endorsed civil unions for gay couples as an alternative to same-sex marriages but he had never publicly backed civil unions as pope.
Pope Francis, Jorge Mario Bergoglio, in a move that looks to further amplify heated divergences on abnormal unions has given his most clear support to same-sex marriage.
"With Pope Francis (the leader of the Roman Catholic Church) sharing his thoughts about this issue, let us be optimistic that more legislators in the House and in the Senate become open and supportive to the objectives of House Bill 2264", Davao Del Norte Rep. Pantaleon Alvarez, author of HB 2264, said in a statement.
"He told a Catholic gay activist, a former theology professor named Marcelo Marquez, that he favored gay rights as well as legal recognition for civil unions", Ivereigh wrote. But he supported the idea of civil unions as one way to prevent the approval of same-sex marriage in Argentina.
Progressive clergy have welcomed the pope's recent remarks.
Ed Mechmann, director of public policy of the Archdiocese of NY, said in a commentary on its website that the pope was mistaken, adding "supporting the legal recognition of any kind of same-sex union is contrary to Church teaching".
Francis' outreach dates to his first foreign trip in 2013, when he uttered the now-famous words "Who am I to judge", when asked during an airborne news conference returning from Rio de Janiero about a purportedly gay priest. However, this is the first time he has shared his support on the issue since becoming the head of the Catholic Church.
"I am really scandalized by his defense of homosexual union, which surely leads to immoral acts!"
"It is my wish that throughout my visit the family should be a recurrent theme", he said.
Pope Francis spoke about same-sex relationships in "Francesco", a documentary that premiered this week in Rome.
The documentary touches on multiple aspects of Francis' pontificate, from the economy to immigration to the environment and global inequalities. The film is slated to debut in the USA next week.
Mr Rubera says the Pope telephoned him several days later, telling him he thought the letter was "beautiful" and urging the couple to introduce their children to the parish but to be ready for opposition. Pope Francis's immediate predecessor as pontiff, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, headed the Congregation as prefect then. Cruz tells his own story throughout the film, chronicling both Francis' evolution on understanding sexual abuse as well as to document the pope's views on gay people.
The film is set to premiere in North America on Sunday during the SCAD Savannah Film Festival, the CNN reported.
"I was scolded for my homosexuality", Cruz told reporters at the event.
"That struggle is magnified when you get to church because church is salvation".