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Church of England approves women bishops

July 15, 2014 13:55 IST

For the first time in its history, the Church of England has allowed women to become bishops following voting. The Church of England General Synod, bringing in the change by the two-third majority, has given approval to the legislation.

Earlier in 2012, the voting was blocked by the traditionalists and backed by the Houses of Bishops and Clergy.

According to the BBC, some opponents remained unconvinced by the concessions given to them.

The major votes in the House of Laity included 152 in favour and 45 against the proposal while five refrained from voting. In the house of Bishops, two were against, 37 in favour and only one abstention was reported.

In the House of Clergy, 162 votes were in favour and 25 against while there were four abstentions. 

Image: A female reverend awaits the news as the church voted on the matter. Photograph: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images. 

Source: ANI