Desmond Tutu’s daughter ‘expelled from church’ for marrying a woman

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The daughter of South African social rights activist and retired Anglican Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu has given up ministerial duties following marriage to her female partner, says South African Broadcasting Corporation.

Mpho Tutu-van Furth said the move had been forced on her following her wedding to a Dutch academic, Marceline van Furth.

“Because the South African Anglican church does not recognise our marriage, I can no longer exercise my priestly ministry in South Africa,” Tutu-van Furth told local media.

“The bishop (of Cape Town) was instructed to revoke my licence. I decided that I would give it to him rather than have him take it.”

Mpho and her partner are on honeymoon in Bali after tying the knot at Franschhoek in the Boland.

She had been stationed at Saldanha Bay on the Cape West Coast. The couple has four adopted children.

Although South Africa legalised same-sex marriage in 2006, the Anglican Church in the country teaches that marriage is a union of a man and woman.

 

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