That's not quite an endorsement of the practice. And it's a far cry from supporting same-sex marriage; the pontiff again repeated the view "marriage is between a man and a woman."
Still, the pope's welcoming stance toward legal same-sex unions follows in his attempts to make the church more inclusive. In 2013, Francis said he believed Catholic leaders had become too focused on same-sex marriage and abortion. He also made headlines by saying he was in no position to judge gay priests, a remark which led in part to his being named The Advocate's Person of the Year.
During this week's interview, Francis said that some nations and states adopt civil unions "to regularize different situations of living together" and referred specifically to access to healthcare and stronger economic equality.
"We have to look at the different cases and evaluate them in their variety," he said.
In that spirit, let's evaluate some other news:
- After all the talk of how athletes could possibly survive having a gay teammate in the locker room, the Los Angeles Galaxy has given us an answer: They'll just be inclusive and non-normative. Imagine.
- The Walt Disney Company won't be giving any more money to the Boy Scouts due to the organization's ban on LGBT leaders. Or, as Variety might put it: The Mouse House wants the Boy Scouts to "Let It Go."
- In case you missed it, that was a "Frozen" reference. Stay with me.
- Add Wyoming to the list of states having their same-sex marriage bans challenged. Four couples (one of which includes a sheepherder, because it's Wyoming) filed a lawsuit Wednesday to try to overturn the state's law.
- In the wake of hub-bub surrounding Arizona's anti-gay bill, Arizona state senator Steve Gallardo came out publicly Wednesday. "I am gay, I'm a Latino, I'm a state senator and it's OK," he said in what was basically a perfect sound bite.
- Kentucky's attorney general decided not to appeal a federal court ruling mandating the state recognize same-sex marriages from outside of Kentucky. So the governor's office is picking up the slack.
- Figure skater-turned-absurdist figure skating commentator Johnny Weir appeared in court Tuesday for biting his husband. Remember, this is part of equality: Domestic dispute charges between gay celebrities and their other halves. How far we've come.
Any LGBT news that has you talking this week? (Or have you been refreshing Idina Menzel videos to kill time before the season finale of "Looking" like I have? No judgment.)