"The Church of England paved the way on Thursday for a final vote on women bishops to go ahead in July"
C.of.E 39 Articles. Article 6. "HOLY Scriptures containeth all things necessary to salvation: so that whatsoever is not read therein, nor may be proved thereby, is not to be required of any man, that it should be believed as an article of the faith, or be thought requisite or necessary to salvation."
Article 20. "THE Church hath power to decree rites or ceremonies and authority in controversies of faith; and yet it is not lawful for the Church to ordain anything contrary to God's word written, neither may it so expound one place of Scripture, that it be repugnant to another. Wherefore, although the Church be a witness and a keeper of Holy Writ: yet, as it ought not to decree anything against the same, so besides the same ought it not to enforce anything to be believed for necessity of salvation."
From the original 39 articles of the C.of.E. Article No. 35 The Homily of Matrimony.
"THE word of Almightie GOD doth testifie and declare, whence the originall beginning of Matrimony commeth, and why it is ordained. It is instituted of GOD, to the intent that man and woman should liue lawfully in a perpetuall friendship, to bring foorth fruite, and to auoide Fornication. By which meane a good conscience might bee preserued on both parties, in brideling the corrupt inclinations of the flesh, within the limites of honestie. For GOD hath straitly forbidden all whoredome and vncleannesse, and hath from time to time taken grieuous punishment of this inordinate lust, as all stories and ages haue declared. Furthermore it is also ordained, that the Church of GOD and his kingdome might by this kinde of life be conserued and enlarged, not onely in that GOD giueth children by his blessing, but also in that: they be brought vp by the Parents godly, in the knowledge of GODS word, that thus the knowledge of GOD and true Religion might bee deliuered by succession from one to another that finally many might enioy that euerlasting immortalitie."