07/31/2013 03:30 pm ET

Gay Marriage In 100 A.D.? Historian John Boswell Finds Evidence Of Early Same-Sex Unions In Catholic Church

Pope Francis made headlines earlier this week when he voiced his acceptance of gays and lesbians. Now, an e-book to be released next month points to signs that gay marriage may have taken place in the Catholic church as early as 100 A.D.

The late Catholic historian John Boswell originally published "Same Sex Unions in Premodern Europe" in 1994. Boswell studied dozens of records of church ceremonies and found evidence that a marriage between two men had the same rituals as heterosexual couples at that time.

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