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Archbishop Desmond Tutu attends Daughter’s Same Sex Wedding



The couple | Photo Credit: TwitterMpho Tutu, the daughter of former South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu, tied the knot with Marceline van Furth in the Netherlands.

The couple married in a private ceremony held in Oegstgeest in the Netherlands.

Mpho Tutu is an ordained Episcopal priest and is currently the executive director of the Desmond and Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation while Marceline van Furth is a professor in Pediatric Infectious Diseases at the Vrije University in Amsterdam and holds the Desmond Tutu Chair in Medicine at the university.

Tutu is the youngest daughter of Archbishop Desmond and his wife Leah Tutu. She was previously married and has two daughters.

The couple plan on hosting another ceremony in Cape Town this year.


  1. seyi

    January 5, 2016 at 5:08 am

    I don’t even care if the Pope attended the wedding. The Bible says all things are open and naked before God whom we have to do. It’s God that matters!! Was He there?? Gods word can’t be broken regardless of who is involved he is no respecter of persons, His word already states this as wrong in Romans 1.

    • Author Unknown

      January 5, 2016 at 5:20 am

      If your child or sibling was gay, and decided to get hitched, you wouldn’t attend the ceremony?

    • Iris

      January 5, 2016 at 7:22 am

      Clearly not. LOL

    • Chi

      January 5, 2016 at 8:07 am

      I will not! And for someone professing to know God, he should know better. 1 corinthians 6:9,10 condemns it. Remember God destroyed the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah for such a sin.
      1 corinthians 5:11-13 says you should not mix or even eat with a such a person. So attending the person’s wedding is doing just that! Besides, it’sencouraging such acts!

    • M

      January 5, 2016 at 9:57 am

      If your child or sibling was a criminal, would you take part in his/her robberies and other suspicious escapades? Think before you speak please! A word is enough for the wise

    • M

      January 5, 2016 at 9:57 am


    • CFK

      January 7, 2016 at 7:06 pm

      This is a wrong presumption because My child or sibling would not be involved in a gay relationship in the first place. I brought them up as God fearing and STRAIGHT children. So, there is no ‘If’ because I sorted out the mess long before it happened.

    • Louise MacIlwaine

      May 25, 2016 at 6:52 pm

      Most definitely not!

    • Nigerian Prince

      January 5, 2016 at 6:45 am

      With the way the catholic church is headed, the Pope scenario may not be too far away. I agree with you that whatever happens in the world, God’s Word will continue to stand unchanging and true. Even when every religious and secular institution falls, God’s Word will remain.

      ”This God—His way is perfect; the word of the LORD proves true.” Psalm 18:30.

      I am thankful Nigeria hasn’t bowed to Western pressure in the matter of gay marriage (though with the way the world is going, this may not be long). Hopefully we will also pay attention to other kinds of sexual immorality including the numerous horror stories of pedophilia, rape and domestic violence that have passed into normal news in Nigeria.

    • ElessarisElendil

      January 6, 2016 at 4:18 am

      People simply do not understand the Catholic church. Our stance does not waver. Hate the sin love the sinner.

    • Abena

      January 5, 2016 at 9:04 am

      For someone who reads the bible, you are incredibly judgemental.

    • M

      January 5, 2016 at 10:06 am

      Please, Christianity does certainly not ascrib to the rule of “careless freedom”. In fact, the God of Christians is a disciplinarian who highly values his rules and commandments given to his Children.

    • Nigerian Prince

      January 5, 2016 at 6:07 pm

      @Abena. And…your statement calling me judgmental is totally not judgmental. OK. But seriously, where do people get a picture of this rainbows-and-flowers god in the same Bible that repeatedly talks about God’s vengeance (Ezekiel 25:17) and His immense hatred for sin?

      All sin is offensive to God, and homosexuality is just one of the many listed in 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 that will keep a person away from eternal life. That said, God’s forgiveness is just as available to a repentant homosexual as it is to a repentant adulterer, drunkard, idol worshipper, murderer, or thief.

      ”And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified, in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.” 1 Corinthians 6:11.

    • Harry Grace

      February 1, 2016 at 1:16 am

      Have you not read the second chapter of Romans? It gives light to interpreting the first chapter. Everything in its proper context.

    • Lalla van Wyk

      May 29, 2016 at 5:17 pm

      Haha, but the Bible condemns same sex lust , not love and you should know, that as a big Christian against homosexuals, that the term homosexual was only coined in 1879. By Karl Heinrich Ulrichs. Who did a study on embryology, finding that the sex organs are undifferentiated in the earliest stages, thus making same sex attraction as natural as opposite sex attraction

  2. nene+

    January 5, 2016 at 6:02 am


  3. ElessarisElendil

    January 5, 2016 at 6:09 am

    I’m confused why not just caption it ‘Tutu attends daughter’s wedding’??

    • Lol

      January 5, 2016 at 4:24 pm

      Because she’s marrying another woman.
      Nigeria is not the rest of the world please.

  4. ElessarisElendil

    January 5, 2016 at 6:16 am

    Meh, zero chemistry. Mpho is grasping on so tightly it looks like she’s thinking “hey! hey look at me I got my white bi*ch, I got my bi*ch, she’s all mine, I ain’t letting her go”?????

    Calm down person about to get angry, watch the video to get the joke.

  5. abraham david

    January 5, 2016 at 6:52 am

    What is d WOrLD turnig to, his diz hw d wORLd is going to come to an end.
    Well d worLd of GOD is never lie nither Hiz PROphesy which much surely CoMe to pass!!
    Remember, COStordiance nd PREaCHers of d WORLd of GOD, UR PURNISHMeNT!!!
    I GRiEVE FOR U GUY’s, Workers of INIquity nd PREAcHeRs of d WAYs of MEN for dia OWN BENEFIT!!!

  6. Chidi

    January 5, 2016 at 7:20 am

    No I will not attend the wedding; why? Because it is an abomination before God. People forget that Eli was an ordained priest of Most High God yet he did not condemn his sons evil found thus they all perish.. God’s words can never be altered. One with God is majority.

  7. She

    January 5, 2016 at 7:31 am

    Why do I feel like saying END TIME marriage?

  8. zEe

    January 5, 2016 at 7:39 am

    Hmm…in the last days!

  9. she power

    January 5, 2016 at 7:44 am

    If you believe gay marriage is a sin according to the bible then make sure you know these things.
    Divorced people cant remarry mark 10:8-11
    Rapist can marry their victims deutron 22: 28-29
    Siblings can get married Gen 20:12
    Polygamy is acceptable 1 kings 11:8. Quit quoting scriptures and give logical explaination. Same Love

    • Chi

      January 5, 2016 at 8:12 am

      You have to change your church because I can see they are getting you confused! You’ve got the scriptures all mixed up. Wait make I bring out computer so I can type properly!

    • she power

      January 5, 2016 at 11:07 pm

      Please dear explain the scriptures better. You guys always say this when you have nothing to prove your point. Desmond tutu fought for south african freedom. What positive thing have you bible quoting folks done. I took a christian religion couse so i know every thing about the bible the origin. I know some words were changed from the original aramic and lost its meaning. I know every scandal with king james for him making his own bible.

    • nkiru

      January 5, 2016 at 10:23 am

      Apart from the first passage from the new testament, did you notice al others are from the old? What did Jesus say about the law? Do you also remember Paul’s epistle to the early church?
      They continued speaking against unnatural acts. Men lusting after their kinds. Yes according to the law of Moses if a man rapes a girl, he is forced to marry her or he is exiled. It was accepted as law in the new testament but Jesus and the disciples and early Christians kept on speaking against unnatural acts, men lusting after their kinds etc. there is no judgment her but God’s word stands sure and that is all that matters.

    • she power

      January 6, 2016 at 1:02 pm

      Please the bible contains new and old testament. If old testaments was so irrelevant your pastorpreneurs should stop quoting malachi whenever they need money.

    • ElessarisElendil

      January 6, 2016 at 4:22 am

      You confusing the law of Moses with the basis of Christianity which follows the new testament and of course divorced people remarrying is a protestant thing.

  10. Dee Wells

    January 5, 2016 at 8:40 am

    @Nigerian Prince , Archbishop Tutu is a retired ANGLICAN Bishop and not a CATHOLIC Bishop. Get ur facts ryt.

    • Nigerian Prince

      January 5, 2016 at 5:37 pm

      Lol I think I know the difference between Anglican and Catholic religious hierarchies, being ex-Catholic myself. I meant to reply @seyi’s ”I don’t even care if the Pope attended the wedding.” You will agree with me that the Pope has made some not-so-subtle statements towards that direction.

  11. A.D.A.

    January 5, 2016 at 8:51 am

    Good for him. If same sex marriage is what brings the so called end time or last days I have to wonder if God has been paying attention to anything that’s been happening on this planet in the past 2,000 years. To say that the marriage of two consenting adults who happen to be of the same sex is the least of humanity’s worries is probably the understatement of the decade. Y’all can’t be serious.

  12. Natu

    January 5, 2016 at 9:05 am

    Funny how this so called religious folks will bash homosexuality but will turn around and embrace their adulterous husbands/wives. Sin is sin. No one sin is greater than the other. Y’all can miss me with the end time tings. This right here is unconditional love and that is what GOD is about!!

    • Chi

      January 5, 2016 at 9:25 am

      Try all you want, it still won’t make you white! No one has said adultery isn’t a sin. Sin is sin. None is greater than the other except sinning against or grieving the holy spirit.

    • nkiru

      January 5, 2016 at 10:25 am

      I disagree. Sin is sin. Adultery, homosexuality, envy, strife etc. There is no pure love without God. Whatever you find outside God is not love. God is love.

    • Amanda

      May 23, 2016 at 9:58 pm

      Thank you well said

  13. Bolu

    January 5, 2016 at 9:27 am

    Lets go wash our filthy self first of all sins and come back and comment. ✌

  14. bucho

    January 5, 2016 at 9:48 am

    Its too sad that a whole Archbishop Tutu could allow his daughter to be a lesbian in the first place talk more of marrying a lesbian too. Damn, that’s gross and very bad. I pray God to forgive them. Smh

    • ElessarisElendil

      January 6, 2016 at 4:24 am


    • Lalla van Wyk

      May 29, 2016 at 5:24 pm

      Allow? She is a consenting adult who can marry who she wants and why is everyone bashing on gay people? Gay people are in the minority of the population, yet still everyone wants to spread hate toward them.

  15. M

    January 5, 2016 at 10:07 am

    I always suspected this Desmund Tutu was a fraud…

  16. uber

    January 5, 2016 at 10:53 am

    And conveniently, she was previously married with two kids. Yeye

  17. Emma

    January 5, 2016 at 10:56 am

    Once it come to homosexuality, everyone becomes a prophet and starts to talk about how much of a sin it is.

    But they probably spent their previous night with another mans wife, they steal, their parent are probably gov’t officials who also steal money etc.

  18. Emma

    January 5, 2016 at 11:03 am

    Once it come to homosexuality, everyone becomes a prophet and starts to talk about how much of a sin it is.

    But they probably spent their previous night with another mans wife (adultery), pre-marital sex (fornication) they steal, they or their parent are probably gov’t officials who also steal money (stealing) etc..
    Homosexuality truly should be the least of anyones worries in Nigeria or anywhere for that matter. We have much bigger issues to tackle to be very honest!

    Anyways, my point is please remove the log from your eye first, before you talk about the speck in another mans eye and also, Do Not judge others because you sin differently! Sin is sin in the eyes of God!


    • chu

      January 5, 2016 at 12:42 pm

      Does adultery being a sin, make this one less of a sin? Don’t get your point.

    • Emma

      January 5, 2016 at 1:24 pm

      Nope! Not at all. What I am trying to say is that people love to throw homosexuals under the bus like its the worst kind of thing one can do or be. But in God’s eyes all sin is equal. So why make a big deal of homosexuality, when you are an adulterer? Does this help? Hope I was clearer this time

    • Natu

      January 5, 2016 at 1:29 pm

      My point is religious people are more tolerant with adulterous and will condemn and cast homesexuals. Bloody hypocrites!!!!

  19. Annie

    January 5, 2016 at 12:01 pm

    End time things….God help us all..

    • Jack

      January 5, 2016 at 2:43 pm

      Hold this L for A typical lazy non-directional AFRICAN Responce.

    • Nigerian Prince

      January 5, 2016 at 5:40 pm

      @Jack *response. But I don’t get what insulting our common heritage as Africans achieves?

  20. PRINCE

    January 5, 2016 at 12:44 pm

    Marry whoever you want to marry. I have no issue with peoples sexuality as long as it doesn’t affect mine.
    One thing we should hold on to also is that the bible say God is Love, it goes ahead to say that whosoever does not LOVE is not of GOD, and it didn’t specify those that you should love or not. Judge not, that you may not be judge. leave them alone and live your life the way you wish

    • Jamce

      January 8, 2016 at 11:43 am

      it will affect yours soon with the way you and the world is going on homos. America and the western world on behalf of the Antichrist are setting the stage to affect you. Be wise.

  21. Lelabyrinth

    January 5, 2016 at 1:03 pm

    Yea yea, let’s throw him into fire and watch him burn, he is doomed!!!!…..
    Also accompanying him will be everyone who has ever attended a wedding where the couple have engaged or is engaging in fornication, debauchery, greed, lies, extortion……..oh wait!, why should they be burnt? Those sins are small ones compared to homosexuality- the ‘biggest’ sin!.

    Hypocrite righteous people everywhere! Living in sin and then turning around to condemn a fellow sinner.


    January 5, 2016 at 1:34 pm

    Adultery, fornication, stealing and all the numerous sins you mention can never make lesbianism or gay marriage less than sin. It’s unfortunate that he would attend the marriage ( because he is in a position of influence to many growing Christians).
    Plus how come she was married and had 2 kids previously.
    I weep for the next generation, but I encouraged all true Christians to keep spreading the word, homosexuality may not be our greatest problems at the moment, but it may become a cause for concern in the near future.
    Christian parents do not ignore your children, pay close attention to them.

  23. Nhlanhla

    January 5, 2016 at 2:35 pm

    Imagine if Tutu’s view was the proponent of all our religious system. The world would go astray. Lol……est

  24. Jack

    January 5, 2016 at 2:41 pm


  25. Lol

    January 5, 2016 at 4:28 pm

    Men what did religious people do you guys.

    I condemn homosexuality and adultery.

    You people that always say religious people judge too much end up judging more than the religious people. It maybe not be on issues like this but you do judge so let’s take out that nonsense.

    Men its a free world do whatever you want.

    I Dont believe in homosexuality and that’s how it will be.

    But I just feel like what would that pastor preach about now when he preaches about homosexuality. Has his stand changed or?

  26. titolu

    January 5, 2016 at 5:50 pm

    I’m officially tired of all this talk of ”judge not’.
    The way some people try to be diplomatic with the truth is so pathetic…
    God’s ill feelings as regards homosexuality is clear for all to see,
    And when we speak against we, we unapologetically echo the maker’s intentions.
    What is wrong is WRONG! no two name to it.

  27. Adaeze Writes

    January 5, 2016 at 6:04 pm

    I shudder at what’s going on with the world!

    May God help us.

    For amazing stories, visit

  28. titolu

    January 5, 2016 at 6:09 pm

    pardon- ”And when we speak against it”

  29. seyi

    January 5, 2016 at 7:44 pm

    My child or sibling wil not be gay. The Bible says train up a child in the way he should go an he will not depart from it. It’s a covenant God has made. I will not bring forth children for trouble.

    • Idomagirl

      January 5, 2016 at 8:09 pm

      L-O-L. You think it’s by training? Do you know how many preacher’s kids are engaged in criminal or deviant behavior?
      Not everyone’s lifestyle is as a result of how their parents raised them, some parents do their best but the kids still go off in another direction.

    • Emma

      January 5, 2016 at 9:11 pm

      Lool! So are you saying Desmond Tutu’s child raised their child to be gay? There are many gay people in the church who were raised in this way that they should go. How does one explain that? ?

  30. Get your facts straight

    January 5, 2016 at 7:51 pm

    I am not going to enter a debate on this union, but the Archbishop did NOT attend. He has not been able to travel because of his health. I have no doubts he would have attended were he able, but this article was written to cause controversy using the Archbishop’s name, and if you can’t get the basic title right, it is doubtful anything on your site is legitimate.

  31. david

    January 6, 2016 at 4:49 am

    Dis homo.s thing is not an is a biological imperative which could not be reverse by any means but only by miracle. But dis kind of people must be, anyway. I won’t judge so data I won’t be judge.

  32. elk

    January 6, 2016 at 8:57 am

    its Just one way of making same sex marriage acceptable, within the community. ‘Desmond’ Name being a lebel makes it even more popular….. God is God and sin is sin, no matter what…
    But one thing for Sure is Gods Word wont be watered… Shame

  33. eddy

    January 8, 2016 at 12:16 pm

    @chidi, guy u sharp.

  34. Olawale-Afolayan

    April 3, 2016 at 12:08 pm

    You people are being ignorant and misdirected by your uncivilized and dogmatic emotions and mindset. God did not destroy the world because of homosexuality. He did because of sodomy. Sodomy is not the same as homosexuality. Sodomy is anal sex while homosexuality is not necessarily anal sex as it is perceived wrongly but popularly in public eye. More ‘straight’ people engage In sodomy today than homosexuals in staggering proportions. And for the woman who is so sure that none of her children will turn out homosexual because she raised them well, let her think again because she is pathetically wrong. People are homosexuals at birth and from the womb, there is no amount of ‘good’ home training that will ‘straighten’ them. It’s natural and they can’t escape or run away even though they attend a thousand and one deliverance sessions in a day. Homosexuals are better raised and better taught and better behaved than her kids can ever be so she should be reasonable and learn not to offend other people. The way we treat Homosexuals push them into extreme psychological trauma and troubles, some end up committing suicides, others live in depressing state of constant denials, pretense, fear and guilt over what they cannot change. It’s like trying to run away from your skin even though you know God coated you with it but the society around you insist its abomination. And when we talk about homosexuality, murdersers, adulterers, fornicators, corrupt politicians who rob the country silly will also open their mouth and start condemnation. Na wa for this country o.

  35. Louise MacIlwaine

    May 25, 2016 at 6:57 pm

    “‘If a man has sexual relations with a man as one does with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable. They are to be put to death; their blood will be on their own heads.

  36. chole

    June 9, 2016 at 4:16 am

    animals can’t, I thought human beings are more intelligent. will they have children through sticking rods into themselves?

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