Brighton Christian consults lawyers over ‘fundamental breach of a human right’

20 November 2012

A local Christian councillor is seeking legal advice after the Green Party stripped her of her membership of its Brighton group of councillors.

Christina Summers found out that her appeal to the Green Party of England & Wales has been dismissed.

The party’s Brighton group of councillors initially decided to remove her after she voted against same-sex marriage at a Full Council meeting in July. Cllr Summers then appealed to the national administration of the party to review the whole process that led to the disciplinary panel’s recommendation to expel her.

She is now taking legal advice over the failure of the Green Party to accommodate her Christian views on marriage.

Ms Summers said: “I am terribly disappointed at the Appeal Panel’s decision, not just for myself but for others who share my views on marriage and on free speech.

“The Greens have always given the impression that they are tolerant enough to accept genuine diversity of opinion. Their decision and their statement today which, as always, dodges this substantive issue indicates, in the end, that they are not.

“I would not wish the treatment I have received on anybody.

“I am now consulting with lawyers over this fundamental breach of a human right.”

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