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Such couples may, of course, establish families that are just as strong as those established by couples that have gone through a legal marriage ceremony. Similarly, "blended" or "patchwork" families that bring together children from previous relationships can provide everything that a traditional family offers. In many countries, same-sex couples may now marry and form families, although both Francis and Tayeb oppose such families and presumably do not regard them as providing children with "solid moral formation". A well-functioning family provides a more loving and more stable environment for children than any other model devised so far, but that does not mean that it must be based on a traditional marriage. In fact, despite the apparent agreement of the pope and the grand imam on the importance of the family, the Christian and Muslim traditions have different conceptions of what a family is, with the latter allowing men to have more than one wife. If, despite these differences, Francis and Tayeb are ready to accept each other's support for "the family," they should be able to accept other models, too, as long as there is no solid evidence that they are harmful to those involved, including the children.
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