'Yes' vote for women bishops

The Church in Wales has voted in favour of ordaining women as bishops.

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Church in Wales holds women bishops vote

A vote will be held today to decide whether or not in principle to allow women priests to be ordained as bishops Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire

The Church in Wales will decide today whether or not in principle to allow women priests to be ordained as bishops.

A Bill, proposed by the six diocesan bishops of the Church, will be voted on by the 144 members of the Church's legislative arm, the Governing Body.

The Bill will need a two-thirds majority in each of the three sections of the Governing Body - the House of Bishops, the House of Clergy and the House of Laity - in order to be passed.

Even if passed, it will not come into effect until a second Bill outlining a scheme of provision for those who cannot accept women bishops is written and passed.

The process will begin with a vote on three proposed amendments to the Bill.

An attempt to establish women bishops was made in 2008 but was lost by three votes in the House of Clergy.

The vote will take place at the University of Wales, Trinity Saint David, in Lampeter.

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