On 24 November 2010 the General Synod of the Church of England voted to consider adopting the Anglican Communion Covenant. As this would constitute:
'a permanent and substantial change of relationship between the Church of England and another Christian body'
it may not receive final approval unless first approved by a majority of the dioceses at meetings of their diocesan synods.
Jonathan Clatworthy, 28 March 2012
The Anglican Covenant was defeated by the votes of the English dioceses on 24 March. To be adopted by General Synod it needed support from a majority of the dioceses but by the end of March 25 dioceses - just over half - had voted against it.
An Anglican Covenant was first proposed in the Windsor Report, published at the end of 2004. Modern Church was first off the mark, publishing a short book of responses in February 2005. In those early days we knew what we were talking about: Covenant supporters were quite clear that, because of their liberal views on same-sex partnerships, the North American provinces needed to 'repent', be 'disciplined', or be excluded from the Anglican Communion.