Apparently the Church of England is free from inequalities when it refers to employment legislation. But the recent rejection of the ordination of women Bishops shows the level of discrimination on the grounds of sex, in its preference for deacons, priests, and bishops.
The recent rejection of granting legitimacy for entry or women bishops in the Anglican Church invites the option to scrutinize the reality of “exemption from equalities and employment legislation.’
Despite receiving approval almost 20 years back, the Church failed to achieve a breakthrough when some members of the Synod blocked the proposal to ordinate women bishops. The failure of vote saddened David Cameroon and he has requested the Church to facilitate the proposal. However, Cameroon is not interested in interfering in matters of the Church and wants the institution to settle the issue by itself.
For those sections who wanted to see women in the episcopate, the rejection has triggered anger and a semblance of faith that they will manage to get a breakthrough in future.
Presently, women comprise a third of the Anglican clergy in England. For many of the defeated lobbyists, the rejection of vote on women bishops makes the Church vulnerable to ridicule. Some of the women believe the situation puts the Church at odds with wider society with respect to equal opportunities for women.
Rowan Williams, the outgoing Archbishop of Canterbury is a staunch supporter of the ordination of women Bishops in the Anglican Church. According to Rowan, the vote has made the church's governing body appear 'willfully blind' to priorities of wider society and wants the issue of female bishops to be addressed as quickly as possible.
From all the developments so far, it seems that the Church of England may not move on the issue of women bishops very quickly. Based on Rowan William’s recommendation, the synod plans to hold a gathering in July next year. However, the issue seems to be off the agenda until 2015 for now.