The day they said ‘yes’
Posted: 23 Nov 2012 @ 00:56
Twenty years ago this month, the General Synod voted in favour
of the ordination of women. Margaret Duggan
covered the debate for the Church Times, and reflects on
JUST a single gasp broke the silence in the emotion-filledAssembly Hall, as the results of the final votes to ordain women aspriests were read out: House of Bishops: 39 to 13; House of Clergy:176 to 74; House of Laity: 169 to 82. Quick mental arithmeticascertained that, while there were clear two-thirds majorities inthe Houses of Bishops and Clergy, the vote had succeeded in theLaity by a narrow two votes.