“If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?” Pope Francis asked. “We shouldn’t marginalize people for this. They must be integrated into society.”
The topic came up on a flight back to Italy from Brazil when a group of journalists asked him about allegations of a “gay lobby” within the Vatican’s ranks.
Officials in Pennsylvania’s Montgomery County, located just outside of Philadelphia, are defying the state’s ban on gay marriage by issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples anyway.
The gay marriage countdown is underway in Minnesota. On Thursday, it becomes the 13th state to legalize same-sex nuptials.