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Church of England votes in favor of women bishops

The Revd Rosenmary Lain-Priestley arrives for the afternoon session of the annual Church of England General Synod at York University on July 14, 2014 in York, England. Members and officers of the Church of England's General Synod voted to introduce women bishops.
The Revd Rosenmary Lain-Priestley arrives for the afternoon session of the annual Church of England General Synod at York University on July 14, 2014 in York, England. Members and officers of the Church of England's General Synod voted to introduce women bishops.
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The Revd Rosenmary Lain-Priestley arrives for the afternoon session of the annual Church of England General Synod at York University on July 14, 2014 in York, England. Members and officers of the Church of England's General Synod voted to introduce women bishops.
Members of the Church of England's Synod vote on one of the motions during the session to discuss and vote on the consecration of women bishops on July 14, 2013 in York, England. The Synod contradicted tradition today and voted to give women the right to be bishops of the Church of England.
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The Revd Rosenmary Lain-Priestley arrives for the afternoon session of the annual Church of England General Synod at York University on July 14, 2014 in York, England. Members and officers of the Church of England's General Synod voted to introduce women bishops.
The Revd Rosenmary Lain-Priestley poses as she arrives for the afternoon session of the annual Church of England General Synod at York University on July 14, 2014 in York, England.
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The Church of England has voted to allow women to enter its top ranks as bishops.

The Church's national assembly, known as the General Synod, approved the historic measure at its meeting in York in northern England Monday.

A total of 351 members of the Synod's three different houses voted in favor of the measure, while 72 voted against and 10 abstained.

The measure had the support of Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby and Prime Minister David Cameron.

The vote comes two years after similar legislation failed to reach a two-thirds majority among the General Synod's lay members, despite approval from bishops and clergy.

Earlier Monday, Welby told the BBC that he hoped the vote would go through, saying "the votes, I think, are there."

The Church of England is part of the Anglican Communion, which has the largest Christian denomination in Britain and a presence in more than 160 countries.