The Rev. Alexis Fuller-Wright wrote a letter to the editor published on March 29 in which she said she is a Christian pastor of the United Church of Christ. She stated that she and her denomination believe that marrying same-sex couples is perfectly all right. She and her church are against the federal Defense of Marriage Act, which specifies marriage only as one man and one woman.

All Christians are followers of Christ and are dedicated to model their lives and actions after Jesus Christ. Pastors are held more accountable because they lead and teach their constituents, “the flock.”

In the Bible, which Christians are intimately familiar with, studying and using as their guide to life, Jesus tells us exactly what marriage is.

In Matthew 19:4-6, Jesus says, “Have ye not read he which made them in the beginning made them male and female and said, for this cause shall a man leave father and mother and shall cleave to his wife, and they twain shall be one flesh? Wherefore, they are no more twain but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.” This is also in Mark 10:5-9.

Fuller-Wright said, “Understanding of scripture leads me to believe that any time I help usher in a couple’s fullest expression of love, I am doing God’s work.”

Scripture means the Bible. She doesn’t tell us where in the Bible she gets God’s guidance — book, chapter or verse — for marrying same-sex couples. In my Bible, husbands are always male and wives are always female.

I have studied the Bible for 41 years and I can’t find any such passages that Fuller-Wright alludes to. As far as I can tell, she is without justification or authority.

Albert R. Boynton


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