Last Sunday night I was interviewed by a college student who asked me what is our position on same sex marriage. I explained to him that since in the Krishna consciousness movement our principle is that sex is only for procreation and not for recreation, same sex marriage does not have any legitimacy in Krishna consciousness. I told him that if a man could make his boyfriend pregnant or a lady could make her girlfriend pregnant, same sex marriage would be acceptable in Krishna consciousness.
If in the Krishna consciousness movement we were to adjust our principle that recreational sex is allowable between husband and wife, then in all fairness we would then also have to legitimatize same sex marriage. In other words, if the heterosexuals are allowed to have recreational sex, why the homosexuals should not be allowed? Therefore to maintain the purity our movement we must faithfully adhere to Srila Prabhupada's principle that sex is only for procreation, not for recreation.
Some will protest that this is artificial restraint. But this ignores the fact that we are not these bodies, that these bodies are only coverings of the actual self. The real satisfaction for the self is be perfectly dovetailed in a loving relationship with Supreme Self, Krishna or God. Material sense gratification will never satisfy the self and is only therefore accepted insofar as it is necessary to keep the body healthy and fit.
Sankarshan Das Adhikari