Tutu welcomes same-sex marriage in America


Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu has taken to social media to welcome Friday’s legalisation of same-sex marriage in the US.

On Saturday morning, Tutu posted: “Opposing apartheid was a matter of justice. Opposing discrimination against women is a matter of justice. Opposing discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation is a matter of justice.”

He concluded the post with the hashtag, “#‎LoveWins‬”, which went viral after the US Supreme Court ruled that gay and lesbian Americans are constitutionally entitled to the right to marry.

Tutu is one of the world’s most high profile religious leaders to vocally support LGBT equality. He’s criticised African states for targeting people on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity and has said he would rather go to hell than worship a God who is homophobic.

The global icon is one of many public figures, from President Barack Obama ‏to Madonna, to take to social media to show their support for marriage equality this weekend.

Pic: White House / Twitter

Pic: White House / Twitter

A number of US landmarks, including the White House, the Empire State Building and the One World Trade Center, were lit up in rainbow colours to celebrate the court’s ruling.

In South Africa, local LGBT celebrities, including PJ Powers, Toya Delazy, Nakhane Touré and Craig Maggs (Mr Gay South Africa), were surprisingly quiet on social media about the developments in the US.

Choreographer and SA Idols judge Somizi Mhlongo, however, tweeted: “America is really a powerful country. Even str8 Africans R celebrating wat Obama has done. Whilst 95% africa is still oppressed. Congrats USA.”

South Africa is the only African country to allow same-sex couples to marry.

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