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Diocesan Synod votes overwhelmingly in favour of women bishops

31 March 2014

New draft legislation on women bishops approved by Lincoln's Diocesan Synod

Lincoln's Diocesan Synod has voted in favour, by a large majority, of legislation to allow women bishops.

The vote was cast at its meeting on Saturday held at Bishop Grosseteste University.

General Synod gave overwhelming support to new draft legislation on the matter in February 2014 and asked every Diocese to vote on the proposal before it holds its final approval debate in July 2014.

Back in November 2011, the Diocese of Lincoln had given its support to previous draft proposals which failed to secure a majority in the three Synod houses back in November 2012.

In the 15 months since then, much work has been done to identify a new approach with a new package of proposals.

The revised legislation takes a much simpler form with a so-called ‘single clause measure' which means all references to women not being allowed to be bishops are removed.

It also sets out a procedure for the resolution of disputes involving an independent reviewer.

The Diocesan Synod vote on the motion ‘That this Synod approve the proposals embodied in the draft Bishops and Priests (Consecration and Ordination of Women) Measure and draft Amending Canon No 33' was carried in all houses as follows:

House of Bishops - 1 in favour
House of Clergy - 57 in favour, 3 against
House of Laity - 43 in favour, 2 against, 1 abstention

If approved at General Synod in July, the first women bishops could be consecrated in 2015.