The Church of England decided tonight to ordain women bishops with minimal concessions to protect opponents, despite the threat of a mass exodus of traditionalist clergy.
The bishops voted in favour of bringing forward legislation to ordain women bishops by 28 to 12. The clergy voted in favour by 124 to 44 and the Laity by 111 to 68.
A proposal for "super bishops" for objectors to women bishops, in the same way that "flying bishops" care for church-goers against women priests, was narrowly defeated at the York meeting of the General Synod.
The synod rejected the plan even though it had the backing of the Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu.