North American churches have been voted out over Bishop Gene Robinson:
The American and Canadian Churches have been excluded from one of the Anglican Communion's top bodies after refusing to change their views on homosexuality.
The policy-making Anglican Consultative Council voted them out for three years over their willingness to ordain gay clergy and bless gay relationships.
The ordination in the US of openly-gay Gene Robinson as a bishop has been threatening to split the communion.
The North American Churches refused to back down at a meeting in Nottingham.
The Anglican Consultative Council - which is regarded as relatively liberal - voted by 30 to 28 to call upon the Churches to withdraw voluntarily from its meetings for three years.
So, what happens after the three years?