Appeals Court Lets New Hope Family Services Keep Serving Families—For Now

Albany, NY—Yesterday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit issued a temporary injunction allowing New Hope Family Services to continue providing various adoption-related services. New Hope is a Christian charity that the State of New York is attempting to close because of its unwillingness to place children in households headed by same-sex couples. New Hope sued the state in federal court on religious freedom grounds; a federal judge ruled against the organization, but that decision has been appealed and oral arguments have been scheduled for November 13, 2019. Rev. Jason J. McGuire, Executive Director of New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms (NYCF), made the following remarks: 

“Today’s injunction is an important step in the right direction for New Hope Family Services. The Second Circuit injunction prevents the State of New York from putting New Hope out of business while its lawsuit continues to wind its way through the federal courts. Specifically, the injunction allows New Hope to continue accepting surrenders of children, placing children with approved providers, and supervising the placements of children within its custody. (The injunction does not allow the organization to accept new prospective parents.)”

“It is especially encouraging to see the Second Circuit acknowledge that New Hope ‘may succeed on the merits of its appeal.’ The Second Circuit also questioned whether the State has the authority to shut New Hope down and noted that the record did not reflect that any same-sex couples were prevented from adopting children because of New Hope’s policy.”

“New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms urges the Second Circuit to respect religious liberty and to protect the interests of children by ruling in favor of New Hope.”