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From BBC

Women bishop vote agreed by Church in Wales

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There are three divisions of the Church in Wales governing body which voted

Women bishops will be allowed in the Church in Wales following a landmark yes vote.

Bishops within the Church tabled a bill calling for the change and which was finally accepted by its governing body after a previous vote in 2008 failed.

In England, the issue is due to be discussed again in November. Ireland and Scotland both allow female bishops.

Despite female bishops being allowed in Northern Ireland and Scotland, none have been elected yet.

The Church of Wales' bishops wanted a second bill to allow the Church's constitution to be rewritten for traditionalist priests who do not want to be led by a woman.

But reformers successfully put forward an amendment earlier in the day to avoid delays in adopting the change during a meeting at Lampeter, Ceredigion.

Their amendment led to the straight yes-no vote

The governing body comprises over 140 members and is made up of three separate divisions with the six bishops, clerical representatives and non-clerical representatives.

The groups voted separately with a majority two third vote required before the amended bill could be accepted.

In the vote breakdown, the laity voted 57 for, 14 against, with two abstentions; the clergy section saw 37 voting for and 10 against, while the bishops voted unanimously.

Interest considering the Chuch prefers male dominance in positions of power within their ranks.

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