On 14 July the Church of England voted for the first time in its history to have women bishops. The vote in the House of Laity was 152 in favour and 45 against, with five abstentions. This over-turned the vote of November 2012, when a narrow margin of six lay members blocked the proposal.
In the House of Bishops, 37 voted in favour and two against, with one abstention; in the House of Clergy, 162 in favour and 25 against, with four abstentions.
According to a BBC report, the first woman bishop could be appointed by the end of the year. Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby said he was ‘delighted’ and Archbishop of York John Sentamu said it was a ‘momentous day’.
The Anglican Communion already has women bishops in the US, Canada, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand
Editor’s note: There will be further comment in September’s ET.