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The Independent

Desmond Tutu’s daughter barred from officiating funeral by Church of England

The daughter of the late Desmond Tutu has reportedly been prohibited from main her godfather’s funeral by the Church of England as a result of she is married to a lady.

Mpho Tutu van Furth, who’s a working towards Anglican priest within the US, had been requested to officiate the funeral on Thursday in Shropshire.

In a press release carried by the BBC, the Diocese of Hereford mentioned: “Advice was given in step with the House of Bishops present steerage on same-sex marriage.”

Ms Tutu van Furth reportedly advised the broadcaster the choice “appeared actually churlish and hurtful”.

The Church of England doesn’t permit same-sex marriage in its clergy, however The Episcopal Church within the US – of which Ms Tutu van Furth is part – does.

She had her licence rescinded in South Africa when she revealed her sexuality.

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