The Green Party, typically found on the far-left of the political spectrum, has expelled a Christian woman for voting against same-sex marriage.
Christina Summers, a councillor of the Brighton’s Green group, announced she was appealing against her expulsion yesterday (19 September).
Now she defines herself as an Independent, Summers believes the decision was wrong and unfair.
Speaking during the council debate on 19 July, Ms Summers said: ‘When you touch marriage, you’re touching family and you’re hitting at the very heart of God and I have an enormous problem with that.’
An inquiry panel recommended her expulsion after concluding she was in breach of a written undertaking.
This stated if she was selected as a candidate and elected to public office, she would uphold and advance the values of ‘equality for all people, regardless of race, color, gender, sexual orientation, religion, social origin or any other prejudice.’
Following the decision, Summers said the Green Party was discriminating against Christians, but the party said it defended free speech and freedom of beliefs.
‘It’s a typical symptom of prejudice, blatant prejudice,’ she told the BBC.
‘It raises the big question – can Christians serve in the public realm? They are saying don’t bring your faith into politics.’
A statement from The Green Party said: ‘[The panel] has concluded that, in relation not to her speech or vote in the council chamber or her sincerely held religious views but in relation to her breach of her own written undertakings as a council candidate and her recent behaviour towards the party, she should be expelled.’