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Green Party councillor expelled for opposition to gay marriage

Last month I wrote about how Cllr Christina Summers was facing expulsion from the Green Party due to her opposition to gay marriage.

They have now proceeded with the expulsion.

Andrea Minichiello Williams, chief executive of the Christian Legal Centre, says:

“Brighton and Hove was the first council the Greens won. They cannot expect to win any more if they continue to suppress diversity and freedom of expression in this way,” she said.

“Councillor Summers’ view of marriage as being the union of a man and a woman is consistent with the teachings of mainstream, historic Christianity. Is the door of the Green Party now closed to Christians?

“The Party has wilted under pressure from its extremist elements and failed to uphold freedom and diversity of opinion at Councillor Summers’ expense.”

Cllr Summers feels "let down" that the Church of England has not "argued the Christian corner" and defended her.

Earlier this year a ComRes poll found that by 70% to 22% there was agreement that "Marriage should continue to be defined as a life-long exclusive commitment between a man and a woman."

Say what you like about the Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg. He may regard these 70% of the British people as "bigots" but at least he does not demand that opponents, such as Vince Cable, be thrown out of his party.


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