The ArgusGodly Green councillor to face internal inquiry (From The Argus)

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    I bet she'd complain if she'd been refused the opportunity to stand as a councillor because she's a Christian. To use “conscience decision” as a reason to discriminate against someone is frankly unacceptable.
    I dunno, I think it's a worse crime to tell people how they should vote, and then censure them when they don't fall into line. She may well be away with the fairies (well, she IS a Green and therefore has a skewed view of reality), but politicians with principles are rare enough breed as it is without trying to crush the ones who DO dare to think for themselves.

    I don't agree with her (to put it mildly) but I do admire someone who has stuck her head above the parapet and is prepared to sacrifice any chance she may have had of climbing the greasy pole in order to make a moral stand.
    Oh I agree - councillors / politicians voting against party lines because they think that is the best thing to do is a good thing.

    What I object to in this case is someone hiding behind their religion to promote discrimination. If I were to discriminate against someone, or a group of people, due to their skin colour, gender or religion then I would rightly run the risk of prosecution. Christians need to move to the 21st century and leave their medieval discrimination in history where is belongs. In this day and age EVERYONE regardless of gender, sexuality, race, colour, creed or religion should have equal rights.
    Isn't it wonderful, Councillor Summers has voted, spoken and lived by her beliefs without resulting to abuse or insulting comments and she does it publicly and with security in her faith.
    She doesn't accuse people of being "Christophobic" which might be considered as an unreasonable fear of Christianity, she just lives her life submitted to God. You know she doesn't strike me as bigoted just brave.
    Can we learn from this lady, and say what we think without insults and verbal bullying. We can just say I don't agree and sometimes just allow the number of people who say this to communicate by itself. After all over 60,000 people have done that by signing a partition requesting that the Government think again about "Redefinition of Marriage"!"
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Godly Green councillor to face internal inquiry

The Argus: CONSCIENCE: Christina Summers CONSCIENCE: Christina Summers

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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