Christian Green councillor faces party ban over gay marriage vote

Inquiry says Brighton politician Christina Summers should be expelled from Green Party after voting against group's policy to support gay marriage in the UK

Christian Green councillor faces party ban over gay marriage vote
11 September 2012

A Brighton councillor may be expelled from the Green Party for voting against the political group’s support of government plans to legalize gay marriage.

An inquiry panel decided yesterday (10 September) that Christina Summers should be barred from the party for defying its policy of supporting same-sex marriage.

Party members will now vote on whether to uphold the inquiry’s recommendations.

Summers, who is a Christian, says the decision to expel her is ‘discriminatory’.

‘It’s a typical symptom of prejudice, blatant prejudice,’ she said, reported the BBC.

‘It raises a big question – can Christians serve in the public realm? They are saying don’t bring your faith into politics.’

Despite opposing equal marriage, she does support same-sex civil partnerships.

A statement from the Green Party insisted they believed in free speech, but Summers had failed to fulfill her role as councillor and promote ‘equality for all people, regardless of race, colour, gender, sexual orientation, religion, social origin or any other prejudice’.

‘The panel does not have the power to expel Councillor Summers from the party or to remove her as a councillor,’ the statement read.

‘But it 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.’

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