Church of England Votes Against Women Bishops

Posted November 20th, 2012 at 4:50 pm (UTC-5)
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The Church of England has narrowly voted against legislation which would permit women to serve as bishops.

The legislation needed the approval of a two-thirds majority among members of the General Synod, which comprises bishops, clergy and lay members.

The measure passed in separate votes by the House of Bishops and the House of Clergy but failed in the House of Laity by six votes.

Several clergy members have expressed disappointment over the outcome, while supporters say they will continue their campaign.

Church bishops are expected to hold an emergency meeting on Wednesday to consider the consequences of the vote.

Tuesday's vote came after a day of debate by those for and against the measure. Church officials say it could take up to five years to go through the legislative process to hold the vote again.

Women bishops are allowed in Anglican churches in Australia, New Zealand and the United States.