Synod defeats Archbishop

The result of the Synod debate over gay marriage is now known. The clergy narrowly voted against, by 100 votes to 93, meaning the motion was lost.

The rejection of the report is a blow to the authority of Justin Welby, the archbishop of Canterbury, who pleaded with the synod to accept the report as “a basis for moving on, a good basis, a roadmap”.

The Synod disagreed with him. Clearly the majority of the Synod no longer hold the view that marriage is a lifelong union of a man and a woman.