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Councillor reprimanded

03 August 2012

By a staff reporter

A CHRISTIAN councillor who voted against a motion at a local council meeting that supported government plans to legalise gay marriage is facing disciplinary proceedings.

Christina Summers was the only councillor to vote against the proposed plans, at a meeting of Brighton and Hove Council, which is controlled by the Green Party.

Miss Summers said that she supported civil partnerships, but was unable to support gay marriage as a "matter of conscience". She said: "I do not agree that disagreeing with same-sex marriage is disagreeing with equality at all."

She has received abusive mail since the vote, and some fellow Party members have called for her expulsion.

After a meeting of the Green group of councillors, Councillor Phelim Mac Cafferty said: "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."

The secretary of the Brighton and Hove Green party, Stephen Wood, said: "Councillor Summers does not represent the views of our party, and we are pleased that due process will be taken to ensure that our manifesto isn't compromised."

Miss Summers's case has been taken up by the Christian Legal Centre.


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