People Cry Tears Of Joy As The Church Of England Finally Allows Female Bishops

This was a long-overdue decision.

In a historic vote, the Church of England voted to allow women to become bishops yesterday, 20 years after they were first allowed to become priests.

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As the move was passed in the General Synod in York by a majority of 152–45, supporters of women bishops celebrated with tears of joy.

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Nigel Roddis / Reuters


This is the Rev Kat Campion-Spall of St Mary’s Church in Merton, weeping with happiness.

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Nigel Roddis / Reuters


Justin Welby, the archbishop of Canterbury, commented that the Anglican church had been wrong on the issue. In November 2012, it blocked women bishops by just six votes.

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The long-overdue decision delighted most people, including prime minister David Cameron, who described the vote as “a great day for the church and for equality”.

I warmly welcome today's vote formally approving women bishops - a great day for the Church and for equality.

— David Cameron (@David_Cameron)

The vote angered conservative Christians who believe that the decision goes against tradition. But hey, these two women don’t seem to care what they think.

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Neither does this Reservoir Dogs-style team of people walking in a line (that’s Welby on the right).

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Rossalyn Warren is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.
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