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Landslide vote at March 1st Synod

Date: 01 March 2014
Guildford Diocesan Synod has voted by a huge majority in favour of the latest legislation to allow women to become bishops.


Some fifteen speakers contributed to a lively discussion about proposed changes to canon law, including the simple wording: "1. A man or a woman may be consecrated to the office of bishop.”


Both houses passed the motion, which could not be altered or added to, by an overwhelming overall majority of 70 to four, with five abstentions.


Voting was as follows:


House of clergy - For: 34, Against: 3, Abstaining: 2


House of Laity - For: 36, Against: 1, Abstaining: 3


The house of Bishops did not vote, but the bishop of Dorking placed on record his support for the measure.


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