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Lay members halt women bishops; AROUND THE UK.

THE Church of England plunged into turmoil last night after legislation introducing the first women bishops failed to clear its final hurdle at the General Synod.

The draft measure was carried in the houses of bishops and clergy of the General Synod but failed to gain the necessary two thirds majority among the lay members of the General Synod.

The House of Bishops voted 44 in favour, with three against and two recorded abstentions. In the House of Clergy, 148 voted in favour, 45 against and no abstentions. But in the House of Laity, 74 voted against, compared to 132 in favour with no abstentions.
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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Nov 21, 2012
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