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    mimseycal wrote:
    I agree wholeheartedly that Christina Summers is being true to herself and that standing up for principles is something to be admired and emulated. However that is as Christina Summers.

    As Cllr Summers she is acting for the residents of her constituency; or rather, it can be assumed that she would be.

    Is Equal Marriage a tenet of the manifesto she used in her electioneering and vote gathering? Did she at any stage during that process tell her prospective constituents that she would not be able, in accordance with her personal principles, to support that specific aspect?

    If it was a tenet and if she did not clarify her inability to stand by that prior to her election, then I hold that Cllr Summers should search her conscience regarding the Christian tenet regarding false representation.

    I do not think that hauling her in front of an internal inquiry by the local Green Party is actually going to address her misleading her constituents.

    I don't think that 60,000 signing a petition in itself is any justification for misleading potential constituents during an election campaign.
    Gay marriage - or equal marriage - isn't mentioned in the manifesto so she hasn't deceived anyone.
    Plenty of people - gay and straight - regard civil partnerships as having achieved the objective of bringing about equal or gay marriage. Obviously, plenty don't. But this wasn't in the Green Party manifesto in Brighton and Hove."
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Godly Green councillor to face internal inquiry

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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