I wish to respond to the Rev. Al Boyce’s Maine Compass (“Gay Christian minister asks that Mainers vote in support of love,” Oct. 18) imploring Mainers to vote in favor of same-sex marriage.

Like the minister, I am a Christian who believes very strongly in following Christ’s command to love the Lord, my God, with all my heart, soul, mind and strength; and to love my neighbor as myself.

However, the minister and I differ on several key issues.

As a follower of Christ, I consider the Word of God as the infallible standard by which I live out my faith and make my choices.

I take into account the whole inerrant Word of God; not just bits and pieces of Scripture that fit my particular world view.

It is clearly and unequivocally stated in the book of Genesis that God created man and woman in His image and likeness. He joined them together as one for the specific purpose of the continuance of creation that began in the Garden of Eden.

This God-ordained relationship is the biblical standard of marriage, which was designed as an inseparable, exclusive union between one man and one woman. It is the basic building block of human society. Thus my personal belief concerning marriage is based on this truth from God’s Word.

My decisions must be informed ones, not emotional ones.

Emotions are like feathers in the wind; they come and go at will, tossed about by circumstances of life. Truth is constant.

The truth of Scripture informs my decisions.

I’m weary of people who presume that because I stand for biblical marriage, I hate those who think differently. Believe it or not, there are people in this culture who truly love their neighbor even when they cannot support their neighbor’s choices.

Maureen A. Anderson

Waterville