Tutu Chal­lenges Church

Herizons - - Nellie Grams -

In May, Mpho Tutu, the daugh­ter of South African Arch­bishop Des­mond Tutu, was forced to leave the Angli­can priest­hood af­ter she mar­ried her long-time girl­friend.

Mpho Tutu fol­lowed her father’s foot­steps and be­came a cleric in the Angli­can Church.Now, like him, she is a hu­man rights leader in South Africa.Mpho Tutu mar­ried Marce­line van Furth in the Netherlands, and the two then held a wed­ding cel­e­bra­tion in Cape Town, South Africa.

“I shouldn’t have to choose, but in the end, you al­ways choose love,” she said.“Ev­ery­thing else will fall into place some­how.When in doubt do the most lov­ing thing.”

Tutu, a leader in the move­ment to prod the church to rec­og­nize same-sex mar­riage, runs a fam­ily foundation in South Africa.Van Furth is a pe­di­atric dis­ease specialist in Hol­land.Pre­vi­ously, Mpho Tutu had been mar­ried to a man, with whom she had two chil­dren.Van Furth also has two chil­dren.

Same-sex mar­riage was le­gal­ized in South Africa in 2006, but the coun­try’s Angli­can Church re­fuses to rec­og­nize same sex mar­riage. Gay Angli­can cler­ics in South Africa, un­like het­ero­sex­ual Angli­can cler­ics, are ex­pected to re­main celi­bate.

—BBC News

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