Mpho Tutu-Van Furth on gay marriage after calling it quits with Anglican Church
Mpho Tutu-Van Furth has had to give up her priesthood and leave the South African Anglican Church over a difference of opinion on gay marriage.
She says that her situation should force the church to confront their views on same-sex relationships and marriage.
After Tutu-Van Furth, Desmond Tutu's daughter, married her partner Marceline Van Furth she learnt that she would have her license to minister revoked.
Tutu-Van Furth says she does not agree with the teaching of the Anglican Church on marriage.
She says that despite the legal recognition of same-sex marriage in South Africa, the theological conversation about the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) community has yet to happen.
It's a conversation that has an impact on people sitting in our pews. How do you minister to an LGBTI couple, or their children, when you say that they're relationship is not valid?Mpho Tutu-Van Furth, former Episcopal priest
She says that she chose to leave the clergy voluntarily to avoid any tensions.
I thought it gracious and more dignified for both of us, were I to offer him my license to minister.Mpho Tutu-Van Furth, former Episcopal priest
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