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Women Bishops For Wales Approved In Vote
Women will be allowed to become bishops in Wales' Anglican churches following a landmark vote.
Supporters and women's rights groups called the decision long overdue.
They had argued the exclusion of women from the top roles made the church less relevant in modern society.
The decision now puts pressure on their English counterparts to follow suit - given that Scotland and Northern Ireland allow female bishops.
Members of the Church in Wales' 144 strong governing body voted through the proposals at a meeting in Lampeter, Ceredigion, west Wales.
It was the second time in five years that the Church in Wales had faced the issue - a previous proposal was defeated in 2008 by just three votes.
Canon Patrick Thomas of Christ Church, Carmarthen, said: "I'm happy with Bishop Wyn but would be just as happy with Bishop Wynona."
Nigel King, stewardship officer for the Diocese of Swansea and Brecon, added: "Do we really care whether the bishop has external or internal plumbing?"
The Church of England's general synod rejected women bishops in November last year, prompting campaigners to describe it as "a devastating blow" for the Church.
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, has admitted that more work needs to be done before a move to allow women to become bishops in the Church of England can pass its first hurdle.