The daughter of the late Desmond Tutu has reportedly been banned from main her godfather’s funeral by the Church of England as a result of she is married to a girl.

Mpho Tutu van Furth, who’s a training Anglican priest within the US, had been requested to officiate the funeral for Martin Kenyon on Thursday in Shropshire.

In a statement carried by the BBC, the Diocese of Hereford said: “Advice was given in line with the House of Bishops’ current guidance on same-sex marriage.”

Ms Tutu van Furth reportedly told the broadcaster the choice “seemed really churlish and hurtful”.

After Mr Kenyon’s family realized of the Church’s determination, the funeral service was moved to a marquee within the vicarage subsequent door to St Michael and All Angels in Wentnor, close to Bishops Gate, so Ms Tutu van Furth may preach, the BBC studies.

“It’s incredibly sad,” Ms Tutu van Furth told the broadcaster. “It feels like a bureaucratic response with maybe a lack of compassion.

“It seemed really churlish and hurtful. But as sad as that was, there was the joy of having a celebration of a person who could throw open the door to people who are sometimes excluded.”

The Church of England doesn’t permit same-sex marriage in its clergy, however The Episcopal Church within the US – of which Ms Tutu van Furth is part – does.

She had her licence rescinded in South Africa when she revealed her sexuality and married Marceline van Furth, a Dutch tutorial, in 2015.

Her 91-year-old London godfather Martin Kenyon grew to become a “national treasure” in a single day for a straight-talking interview he did after being among the many first to obtain the coronavirus vaccine in 2020.

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