Church of England prohibits Tutus's homosexual priest daughter's funeral services

Mpho Tutu van Furth is an Episcopal priest in the United States, which accepts same-sex marriage . She was invited to officiate at the funeral of her godfather, Martin Kenyon, who had asked her to serve as his wife .

The Church of England announced on Friday that it had barred the daughter of Nobel Prize winner Desmond Tutu from attending a funeral service because she is married to a woman.Mpho Tutu van Furth is an Episcopal priest in the United States, which accepts same-sex marriage.The Church of England insists that priests may not enter into same-sex marriages because it contravenes its stipulation that marriage must only be between a man and a woman.In 2013, same-sex marriages were legal in England.

However, the Church of England diocese in the area vetoed this, and Kenyons family moved the funeral from a church to a tent to allow Tutu van Furth to officiate.According to the station, it seemed to her that it was unfair and hurtful.In a statement issued by the Diocese of Hereford, the department of Hereford said: We acknowledge this is a difficult situation.Advice was given in accordance with the new House of Bishops guidance on same-sex marriage.

Her father, who died last year, was the former archbishop of Cape Town and a hero in the anti-apartheid movement who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984.Tutu also addressed the Anglican Church on its position on gay rights, saying in 2013: I would not worship a god who is homophobic, and that's how I feel about it.