Refusing to obey gay marriage laws is 'a human right' - pope

2015-09-28 17:23
Pope Francis aboard the papal plane. (AP)

Pope Francis aboard the papal plane. (AP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Aboard the papal plane - Government officials should not be forced to implement laws that run contrary to their religious beliefs, Pope Francis said on Monday, answering a question related to gay marriage.

"It is a human right. If government officials are human beings, they have that right, it is a human right," Francis told reporters on the flight back to Rome after his visit to Cuba and the United States.

The issue resonates in the US, where an elected clerk who refused to issue marriage licences to same-sex couples in the southern state of Kentucky was arrested earlier this month and spent six days in custody for contempt of court.

Kim Davis described herself as a devout Christian who could not abide the US Supreme Court ruling in July, which legalised gay marriage in all 50 US states. She has become a hero to conservatives who oppose that change.

The pope, known for his "who am I to judge" remark about homosexuals and his softer tone on family issues, avoided direct references to the case, but insisted that people's right to become "conscientious objectors" had to be guaranteed "by all judicial structures".

Read more on:    pope francis  |  vatican city

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

 
/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
Traffic
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.