The late Desmond Tutu’s daughter has been barred by the Church of England from leading a funeral because she is married to a woman.
Mpho Tutu van Furth is an Anglican Reverend in the Diocese of Washington and had been asked to officiate at the funeral of her late-Godfather, Martin Kenyon, in Shropshire yesterday.
Ms Tutu van Furth told BBC News it “seemed really churlish and hurtful”.
The Diocese of Hereford said it was “a difficult situation”.
The Church of England does not permit its clergy to be in a same-sex marriage because its official teaching is that marriage is only between one man and one woman.
However its sister Anglican Church in the US, The Episcopal Church, does allow clergy to enter into gay marriages. END