CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA — The former Cape Town Archishop Desmond Tutu has announced that he is going to have a gay wedding this year.
Tutu, who is already married to Nomalizo Leah Shenxane (woman) would be polygamous after wedding his gay partner.
“Leah is cool. We have spoken over it and she has no issues. She’s okay” – The Archbishop responded when questioned about his wife’s stand.
Tutu failed to mention the name of his gay partner but disclosed that they have been dating for years now and “all is set for a grand wedding in December”.
Tutu, 85, and Leah are married for over 60 years with three Children.
One of their children (daughter), Rev Canon Mpho Tutu-Van Firt who was an Anglican Reverend gave up her Anglican church license after marrying a woman.
Rev Canon Mpho Tutu-Van Firth said that she had chosen to make a “dignified” exit rather than be stripped of her right to practice, since the church does not recognise gay marriage.
“Because the South African Anglican Church does not recognise our marriage, I can no longer exercise my priestly ministry in South Africa,” she said. “The bishop of the (Cape Town) diocese was instructed to revoke my license. I decided that I would give it to him rather than have him take it.”
Desmond Tutu was present during his daughter’s same-sex marriage and blessed them.
Though the South African Anglican law on marriage states: “Holy matrimony is the lifelong and exclusive union between one man and one woman”, Desmond Tutu does not recognize the existence of those laws.