The new legislation, called a measure, is now going to the church’s 44 dioceses for their comment. General Synod will take a final vote on the matter in July. If the legislation passes, the U.K. Parliament still has to approve the change, adding extra months to the process.
The Anglican church of Australia is a separate body and is not affected by these decisions.
Australia's first female bishop, Kay Goldsworthy, was consecrated on 22 May 2008.
The first woman to be appointed as an Anglican Diocesan Bishop (in charge of a diocese) Sarah Macneil, will be concecrated at Grafton in New South Wales on Saturday 1 March 2014.
- Church of England says no to women as bishops [earlier blog post]
- In England, women bishops a closer reality with new legislation [Episcopal News Service]