Church of England will allow female bishops in historic first

Church of England will allow female bishops in historic first
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The Church of England voted overwhelmingly on Monday in favor of allowing women to be consecrated as bishops, marking a milestone for the church.

The successful vote comes two years after the church nixed a proposal to allow female bishops. The vote caps two decades of contention that began when the church, in 1994, first allowed women to become priests.

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