“...asserted that private homosexual unions do not affect third parties or society in general.”
Realizing the church couldn’t win the fight outright, Bergoglio urged his fellow Argentine bishops to lobby for gay civil unions instead, according to the then-cardinal’s authorized biographer. The bishops shot down the proposal and the church lost the issue altogether when the South American nation legalized gay marriage in 2010 — the first country in the region to do so.
Bergoglio once called gay marriage an “anthropological step backward.”
“If there’s a private union, then third parties and society aren’t affected,” he wrote. “But if they’re granted marriage rights and can adopt, there could be children affected...”