US Church defiant on gay bishops
Members of the US Episcopal Church have rejected a demand from the worldwide Anglican Church that they stop appointing gay bishops.
Correspondents say the decision could lead to a permanent split, with the Episcopalians being expelled from 77 million-member Anglican communion.
The US Church attracted the ire of conservative Anglicans by appointing gay bishop Gene Robinson in 2003.
Two days ago it took a further radical step by electing a female leader.