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As an Established Church, its legislation has to be approved by our elected parliament.
Usually this is just a formality, but with this decision there might be resistance in parliament, which has ruled through its own legislation that women must be treated equally and barriers must not be placed in their way.
The Parliamentary recess provides welcome respite from the frenetic activity of the political battles being fought out in the chamber and corridors, allowing us to stand back and have a wry look at the institution itself, writes Keith Porteous Wood.
The Government has said that changes to the Lords are "important" but that the position of the bishops in the Upper House is not a "priority", in response to a petition calling for the removal of 26 bishops from the House of Lords.
This morning on the BBC Radio 4 programme, the Archbishop of York, John Sentamu, defended establishment because "the Chief Rabbi says it keeps religion at the forefront of the nation".
Well, the Chief Rabbi represents even fewer people than the Archbishop of York.
Britain has become a society of many religions, but mainly a nation of no religion.
With this decision it shows that it speaks for only a small group of conservatives who are out of step with the direction of society.
The Most Rev Justin Welby said that Anglican leaders would join discussions with other church leaders about the move to fix the date for the first time and put an end to almost 2,000 years of controversy.
Archbishop Welby said Anglican leaders had voted to join discussions with the Roman Catholic and Orthodox churches to set an annual date.
Church records are the main source for identifying people prior to 1837 when civil registration began.
It is also a main source after 1837 in conjunction with civil registration. Each local parish was responsible to register all marriages, baptisms and burials starting in 1538. Although a nationwide order was given in 1538 that each parish keep a register of baptisms, marriages, and burials, many parishes did not start to keep registers until later and some early records have since been lost or destroyed.