The detailed voting lists for the electronic votes at last week’s meeting of the General Synod have been released. The list for the take note motion on the House of Bishops’ report on Marriage and Same Sex Relationships after the Shared Conversations is here.
Readers may be particularly interested in the voting in the House of Bishops which I have shown in the table below.
The bishops voted 43 in favour and one against with no recorded abstentions. The Bishop of Coventry (the only vote against) has said that he pressed the wrong button on his voting machine and intended to vote in favour. The Bishop of Southwark has said that he intended to record an abstention but failed to do so.
There are 53 places in the House of Bishops (42 diocesan bishops, the Bishop of Dover, the Bishop to the Forces and nine elected suffragan bishops). Two diocesan sees were vacant on the day of the vote. So, in addition to Southwark, six bishops were absent from the vote. If any readers know for certain the reason for any of the absences, please let us know via the comments.
Electronic voting results for Item 14
Marriage and Same Sex Relationships after the Shared Conversations: a report from the House of Bishops (GS 2055):
‘That the Synod do take note of this report.’
|Voting in the House of Bishops|
|6||Bath & Wells||Peter Hancock||for|
|14||Coventry||Christopher Cocksworth||against – by mistake|
|17||Gibraltar in Europe||Robert Innes||for|
|34||St Albans||Alan Smith||for|
|35||St Edmundsbury & Ipswich||Martin Seeley||for|
|38||Sodor & Man||vacant||see vacant|
|39||Southwark||Christopher Chessun||absent – but intended to abstain|
|40||Southwell & Nottingham||Paul Williams||for|