Archbishop Desmond Tutu once said “God sits there and weeps” when He sees homophobia. Unfortunately, there’s a bit of homophobia that hits Archbishop Tutu closer to home — his daughter has been kicked out of the South African Anglican Church. Her crime? Marrying the woman she loves. More marriage news — including some great news — in our monthly look at same-sex marriage rights around the globe.
A new survey in Mexico found that a majority of people believe in marriage equality—whereby same sex couples are permitted to marry and receive equal protections under the law.
The Italian Parliament voted to approve same-sex civil unions, although they stopped short of extending adoption rights to couples.
The Coalition for the Family, an organization of the Romanian Orthodox Church, says it has collected 3 million signatures to block same-sex unions.
The South African Anglican Church revoked the license of Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s daughter the Reverend Mpho Tutu-Van Furth due to her recent marriage to her wife—Professor Marceline Van Furth. She will retain the ability to practice within the US Episcopal Church.
Meanwhile the Church of Scotland’s general assembly voted to allow ministers to enter into marriage with their same-sex partners.
In an interview the Pope said that Catholic government officials should have the ‘freedom of conscience’ to discriminate against same-sex marriages. And in Australia the Catholic Church has refused to revise a booklet for school children titled ‘Don’t mess with marriage‘ that—according to complaints—contains ‘insulting, offensive, and humiliating’ language towards gay people.
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