Archbishop Desmond Tutu, the South African who led both religious and secular fights against apartheid, is retiring from public life as he celebrates his 79th birthday. The announcement isn’t unexpected; he said earlier this year he was planning an exit from the world stage. Tutu hasn’t just been a leading voice on race relations, but all human rights: He’s long opposed laws criminalizing homosexuality and championed efforts to fight HIV/AIDS. And Tutu never drew a distinction between The Gays and the pious: “To penalize someone because of their sexual orientation is like what used to happen to us; to be penalized for something which we could do nothing (about) — our ethnicity, our race,” Tutu told the BBC in 2007. “I would find it quite unacceptable to condemn, persecute a minority that has already been persecuted. If God, as they say, is homophobic, I wouldn’t worship that God.” Nor did Tutu ever consider it a reasonable option to engage pro-apartheid groups, because bigotry is bigotry, the same variety preached by groups like Focus On The Family, the National Organization for Marriage, and the LDS Church.