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(EPISCOPAL NEWS SERVICE) -- The Church of England is facing sharp criticism from supporters of greater LGBTQ+ inclusion in the church after the daughter of the late-Archbishop Desmond Tutu was barred from presiding at a church funeral in England because she is married to a woman.
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The Rev. Mpho Tutu van Furth, who now serves as a priest in the Netherlands, was ordained in the Episcopal Church in 2004. Although the United States-based church has long welcomed gay and lesbian clergy and in 2015 approved marriage rites for use by same-sex couples, the Church of England maintains that marriage is only between a man and a woman and requires gay and lesbian clergy to remain celibate.
The Episcopal Church and Church of England are two independent member provinces of the worldwide Anglican Communion.
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