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Desmond Tutu’s daughter marries a woman in civil ceremony

Desmond Tutu’s daughter marries a woman in civil ceremony

Canon Mpho Tutu, the daughter of famous civil rights activist and Archbishop Desmond Tutu, married her longterm partner in a civil ceremony in the Netherlands, Thursday.

Tutu married Marceline Furth: a professor in pediatric infectious diseases at the Vrije University in Amsterdam – and who holds the Desmond Tutu chair in medicine at the university.

Tutu is an Episcopal priest and the executive director of the Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation.

The family released a brief statement, saying: ‘The couple are very grateful to their families and friends for their love and support.’

Desmond Tutu, now retired, has fought tirelessly for civil rights and been a stoical ally of the African LGBTI community, including opposing the ‘Kill the gays’ bill in Uganda.

His daughter recently presided over her father and mother as they retook their vows after sixty years of marriage.

She was previously married to Joseph Burris and has two children from that marriage.