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