Andrew Cuomo Can’t Put Politics Aside—Even For Kids In Need

Albany, NY—Yesterday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo threatened legal action against a proposed rule from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that would protect faith-based child welfare organizations from unfair discrimination based upon their beliefs about marriage and family. Jason J. McGuire, Executive Director of New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms (NYCF), made the following remarks: 

“Gov. Cuomo should be more concerned about promoting adoption and foster parenting in New York than he is about grandstanding against the President and appeasing left-leaning special interest groups.”

“Before departing the White House, President Barack Obama rushed to implement a rule that effectively bars child welfare organizations from receiving federal grants if those organizations decline to place children in same-sex households. The new rule proposed by the Trump administration would lift this restriction, allowing faith-based child welfare organizations to receive federal grants regardless of their beliefs about marriage and family.”

“It is no secret that the opioid crisis has made many parents unavailable to raise their children. This means that there is great need for foster parents and adoptive parents throughout the United States. By punishing faith-based child welfare organizations that did not agree with his views on marriage, President Obama shrank the pool of available resources for children that need loving homes. The proposed HHS rule would correct this problem. It is a good rule that should be finalized and implemented.”

McGuire concluded, “Drop the charade, Governor. Let faith-based agencies serve children in need. These kids just want the security that a stable home can provide.”