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  • "So an 'official enquiry process is initiated'. For what? Because a politician decides to vote with their conscience instead of being told what to think. Let's get this right:
    1. Lobbying the government on changes to legislation on marriage was not part of the Green's local manifesto
    2. The Greens supposedly do not have a Whip like other parties and therefore Green Councillors are supposedly allowed to vote any way they see fit on any issue. Whilst this is probably ineffective in making decisions it is a laudable principle, so why the change on this issue?
    3. There are more important local issues to focus on, issues that councillors were elected to resolve. They were not elected as an organisation to campaign on national issues.
    4. Just because she does not vote to lobby the government on this issue does not mean she is promoting discrimination. The council have voted to lobby anyway so what is to be gained by crushing someone that dares to disagree?
    5. If a councillor who subscribed to another religion (e.g. one that advocated the stoning of gay people) had abstained from voting on this issue there would not be such a fuss. There would be the usual hand-wringing by the left as they try to assimilate cultural differences into their view of the world and what is best for all of us.

    The Greens have again shown their true colours over this issue: There can be no freedom of thought or opinion contrary to the party line. This has been amply demostrated by their invitaion to leftist organisations to use the town for demonstrating whilst seeking to ban marches by organisations that don't share their political view of the world. Free speech in this country is a distant memory and now we see the beginnings of the Stalinist jackboot stamping on freedom of thought. One step closer to the Owellian nightmare of the Thought Police. We can no longer express particular views without risking arrest and now it seems our elected represntatives can not express theirs either.

    I do not agree with her view on this issue but to use the oft quoted maxim of Evelyn Beatrice Hall, 'I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it'. The Tories may be greedy and self-serving but let us not be be fooled by the left, who think they know what is best for us and seek to crush individual thought and freedom. Fight the Power!"
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Godly Green councillor to face internal inquiry

CONSCIENCE: Christina Summers

CONSCIENCE: Christina Summers

First published in News

A Green councillor who voted against supporting same-sex marriage will |have to defend her actions in front of an internal inquiry.

Every elected member on Brighton and Hove City Council except Christina Summers voted to lobby the Government to lift the ban.

This was despite the Greens being the first mainstream party to advocate making the marriages legal.

Coun Summers, who represents Hollingdean and Stanmer and is a devout Christian, said it was a “conscience decision”.

Phelim MacCafferty, the group’s deputy convenor, said: “Following the recent vote |by Coun Summers on equal marriage, Green councillors met on Monday evening and have requested that the party’s official inquiry process be initiated to ensure a fair, speedy and transparent outcome.

“It is for the inquiry panel to determine if any further action may be needed and it wouldn’t be appropriate to say any more at this stage.”

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