Same Sex Marriage: Legitimate or  Illegitimate?
 from Bhaktivedanta Ashram--Austin, Texas USA

  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

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