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Church of England General Synod backs women bishops

14 July 2014 Last updated at 23:36 BST

The Church of England has voted to allow women to become bishops for first time in its history.

The General Synod gave final approval to legislation introducing the change by the required two-thirds majority.

The previous vote in 2012 was backed by the Houses of Bishops and Clergy but blocked by traditionalist lay members.

Mark Easton reports.

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