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

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  • "Predetermining that the only legitimate definition of marriage is the Christian definition runs contrary to the very concept of equality.

    That is quite aside from the rather significant fact that the concept of marriage pre-dates the religious movement known as Christianity.

    Are you going to insist that the only valid world view is the Christian one? Are you going to uphold the concept that Christianity is the only real measure of equality? And which specific denomination of Christianity may I ask. After all, there are quite a few disparities between the various denominations. With one holding that contraception is wrong and another that the concept of transmutation (as per the Holy Mystery of the Eucharist) is equivalent to idolatory.

    Are you claiming that all those marriages that occured, whether in synagogues, mosques, the various temples or even the registry office are not marriages?

    The issue is not whether or not the specific matter of same sex marriage was addressed but whether a party holds with equality for all. If a party states, unequivocably that it holds with the concept of equality between empowered individuals in a democratic society, free from discrimination whether based on race, colour, gender, sexual orientation, religion, social origin or any other prejudice, then it holds with all measures that ensures said equality.

    It cannot then state that it holds with equality with regards to one issue but will withhold it with regards to another.

    If Cllr Summers, not Christine Summers but Cllr Summers (and yes there is a difference) has agreed to stand for the Green party than she stands for all those core values the party holds to.

    Having said that, it is not the party that should hold Cllr Summers to account. It is the electorate and, in specific, her constituency!"
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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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