Justin Welby, the archbishop of Canterbury and the leader of the world's 80 million Anglicans, supported today's legislation. The bishop of Rochester, Right Rev. James Langstaff, told the Synod to respect the wishes of the laity with their votes. Langstaff explained,
The Church of England has spoken very clearly through the voting of the diocesan synods and we today have, I believe, a responsibility to show that we have listened. Wherever each of us stands on the spectrum of views, I want to suggest today that we have a responsibility to be guided, yes, by what we ourselves think, but also by what we assess to be the settled view of the great majority within the Church of England.
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