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Nov 21, 2012 1:00 PM by Lauren Molenburg

Church of England say no to female bishops

LONDON (AP) - The Church of England's governing body has narrowly blocked a move to permit women to serve as bishops.

Following a day-long debate on Tuesday, opponents mustered enough support to deny the necessary two-thirds majority among lay members of the General Synod.

Church officials say it may take five years to go through the process of taking new legislation to a final vote.

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