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  • "Let me see if I’ve got this right. Not a word in the Green manifesto on gay marriage. A single green party councillor chooses to vote against gay marriage. Such is the hoohah around her decision she will now be subject to an internal inquiry.
    In contrast, protecting and preserving our green open spaces was most definitely part of the Green Manifesto. Yet, within weeks of gaining control of the council, the very first thing the Greens did was to wave through a proposal to build a huge concrete skate bowl on The Level’s historic open green. There’s been NO PUBLIC OUTCRY, even tho’ not a single Green councillor thought to obey his/her conscience (net alone the ‘party line) and refuse to support such a proposal. Despite the Greens controlling all wards surrounding the Level, neither has a single Green councillor stood up for their outraged local constituents protesting against such a move. Funnily enough, quite a few commentators on these pages currently having a hissy fits over ‘Green hypocrisy’ (because one lone green Christian councillor refuses to support the principle of gay marriage) are otherwise fully in support of council plans for The Level! Clearly ‘hypocrisy’ isn’t a state of mind confined to our politicians!"
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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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