Guildford Diocesan Synod has voted by a huge majority in favour of the latest legislation to allow women to become bishops.
Some fifteen speakers contributed to a lively discussion about proposed changes to canon law, including the simple wording: "1. A man or a woman may be consecrated to the office of bishop.â€
Both houses passed the motion, which could not be altered or added to, by an overwhelming overall majority of 70 to four, with five abstentions.
Voting was as follows:
House of clergy - For: 34, Against: 3, Abstaining: 2
House of Laity - For: 36, Against: 1, Abstaining: 3
The house of Bishops did not vote, but the bishop of Dorking placed on record his support for the measure.