There is quite a bit of confusion going on about Srila Hridayananda Das Goswami’s views on gay marriages. The ultra-conservatives are quite agitated and the pro-gay are celebrating. They are both off the mark, though.
In fact, his profoundly philosophical views are quite middle of the road. Here is a quote:
“ISKCON should recognize and encourage monogamy among all its members of whatever orientation, and such recognition and encouragement should take appropriate forms that achieve both purposes: the maintenance of varnasrama and the encouraging of spiritual sincerity.”
On the other hand, he recently wrote this to a godbrother of his, who was suggesting he fully support gay marriage:
You mention “It [homosexuality] is not criminal, nor is it a pathology…”
One definition of ‘pathology’ is ‘mental, social, or linguistic abnormality or malfunction.’ I believe there is a sense in which same sex union is ‘abnormal’, though we should not mean condemn or persecute one born with that abnormality. Radha Krishna are the eternal model, and there is a sense in which the union of male with female, even in this bizarre world, is ‘natural.’
I do not oppose or deny the science on homosexuality, I simply make a distinction between what is natural for the individual and for society.
Srila Hridayananda Maharaja fully declares he does NOT favor gay marriage (for the reasons stated above), yet he is also not willing to ignore the fact that, whether we like it or not, there are gays in the world and they need to be treated with civility, be encouraged to be chaste and monogamous and be given every opportunity to advance in Krishna consciousness.