Friday 8 May 2009

Amendment to add 4th moratoria against litigation lost by one vote

There has been a moment of real drama this morning during the consideration of the draft resolution on the Windsor Continuation Group process.

Bishop Mouneer Anis of Jerusalem and the Middle East proposed an amendment to clause c), adding a phrase proposing a 4th moratoria stopping all litigation as proposed by the Primates at their meeting in Dar es Salaam.

A number of people spoke for and against the amendment including Bishop Bill Godfrey of the Southern Cone (for), Presiding Bishop Katherine Jefferts Schori, Ian Douglas from TEC, Archbishop Barry Morgan from Wales (all against), Stanley Isaacs from South East Asia (for), Susan Lawson from Canada (against), Bishop Azad Marshall of Jerusalem and the Middle East (for), Bishop Ezekiel Kondo of the Sudan and Dr Maurice Elliott from Ireland (both against).

The amendment was lost, 32 votes for, 33 votes against.

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