Tutu’s daughter marries female partner

Mpho Tutu & Marceline van Furth

Mpho Tutu & Marceline van Furth

Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s daughter, the Rev. Mpho A. Tutu, has married her female partner, Professor Marceline van Furth.

The couple tied the knot in The Netherlands last week, in what’s been described as a small and private ceremony.

“The couple are very grateful to their families and friends for their love and support‚” said the family in a statement.

The marriage is expected to be further celebrated in Cape Town in May.

The Rev. Tutu is the Executive Director of the Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation and is an experienced preacher, teacher and public speaker.

Van Furth is a professor in Paediatric Infectious Diseases at the Vrije University in Amsterdam.

This is both women’s second marriage, with Tutu having been previously married to Joseph Burris; with whom she has two daughters.

desmond_tutu_daughter_same_sex_marriageHer 84-year-old father, the Archbishop Emeritus, 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 called for an end to discrimination and the criminalisation of homosexuality on the continent.

In 2013, Desmond Tutu famously said: “I would refuse to go to a homophobic heaven. I would not worship a God who is homophobic…”

Pictures: Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation

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