Tutu Challenges Church
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.