Vote for women bishops

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In the latest stage in the debate over women bishops, church leaders from Leeds and North Yorkshire have voted overwhelmingly in favour of women bishops and defeated a motion calling for greater statutory provisions for opponents.

The Synod (or parliament) of the Diocese of Ripon and Leeds, which stretches from south Leeds to the borders with County Durham, met last Saturday at the David Young Community Academy in Leeds and gave their backing to the draft ‘Bishops and Priests (Consecration and Ordination of Women) Measure’ which has been forwarded to every diocese in the country by General Synod for debate.

A spokesman said: The vote to approve the women bishops’ measure was 74 in favour and seven against with two abstentions.

“Only if the majority of Diocesan Synods approve the draft legislation, can the measure enabling women to become bishops return to the General Synod, probably in February 2012, for final drafting.”

So far every diocese which has met to debate the issue has voted in favour and the final approval stage could be reached in July 2012.