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Anglicans Fire Tutu's Daughter

24 May 2016

International media reports that Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s daughter was forced from the South African Anglican Church because she married a woman.

The renowned Archbishop’s daughter, Reverend Mpho Tutu van Furth, an ardent campaigner against homophobia and racism, tied the knot with long-term partner Marceline Furth earlier this year.

But now, things take a darker turn for her because her license to preach was revoked by the Anglican Church effectively forcing her out of the church. And all because she married a woman.

She told the South African press: “Because the South African Anglican Church does not recognise our marriage, I can no longer exercise my priestly ministry in South Africa.”

She explained that Diocese head Bishop Raphael Hess had been instructed to revoke her license, adding: “I decided that I would give it to him rather than have him take it, a slightly more dignified option with the same effect.”

Though same sex unions are legal in South Africa, the Anglican Church affirms that “Holy matrimony is the lifelong and exclusive union between one man and one woman”.

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