BREAKING: CoE Synod Approves Women Bishops!

The Guardian live blog of the synod has just reported that all three houses have approved the legislation:

General Synod votes for female bishops

General Synod votes in favour in all three houses:

Bishops: 37 in favour, 2 against, 1 abstention.

Clergy: 162 in favour, 25 against, 4 abstentions

Laity: 152 in favour, against 45, 5 abstentions.

That’s approval rates of 93%, 85%, and 75%, for each of the houses of bishops, clergy and laity, respectively.

This will have been the first vote of three.

From a CoE Twitter account:

about to take first of three votes on women bishops. first vote is on principle, second and third on enabling legislation

UPDATE:

Synod has also voted to amend canon legislation, meaning there will be no distinction between men and women in church law

- Guardian live blog

On the motion

That the Canon entitled “Amending Canon No 33” be finally approved

there voted

Bishops 37 in favour, 2 against, 1 recorded abstention
Clergy 164 in favour, 24 against, 3 recorded abstentions
Laity 153 in favour, 40 against, 8 recorded abstentions

and the motion was carried with the necessary two-thirds majorities in all three houses.

- Thinking Anglicans

More, as further detail becomes available.

Some twitter commentary:

From ProfB 

Hey, it worked! Now I’m even more embarrassed to be Catholic! Thanks, Anglicans.

From 

After 500 years the has finally decided that two X chromosomes is not a barrier to leadership. Well done

In his first report from the synod, Andrew Brown quotes Tom Sutcliffe, previously opposed, who says that

the measure would now bring “episcopal femininity” that would enrich the church.

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