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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.…

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The Disturbing Rise Of Polyamorous Relationships

A recent scandal regarding a first-term member of Congress has drawn new attention to the issue of polyamory. (The term “polyamory” refers to sexual relationships with multiple partners that are consented to by all participants.) On October 27, 2019, Rep. Katie Hill (D-CA), pictured, announced that she would resign from the U.S. House of Representatives.…

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Amish File Religious Liberty Suit Over Vaccination Law

Thus far, legal challenges to New York’s controversial repeal of the religious exemption to child vaccination requirements have not met with success. As Albany Update previously reported, one such lawsuit (Sullivan-Knapp v. Cuomo) was rejected by Judge Robert B. Wiggins on October 9, 2019. However, one Amish family in the Finger Lakes region recently filed…

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Gender Dysphoria And The Growing ‘Detransition’ Movement

A woman from the United Kingdom who formerly identified as transgender is putting together a new organization for persons who desire to “detransition.” (“Detransitioning” refers to moving away from a “transgender” identity and re-identifying oneself with one’s true biological sex.) According to the Daily Mail, 28-year-old Charlie Evans is a woman who lived as a…

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Pro-Life Alabama Law Suffers Setback

The State of Alabama was dealt a setback last week when a federal judge granted a preliminary injunction preventing pro-life legislation from taking effect. Pro-life New Yorkers may recall that Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey signed the Human Life Protection Act into law in May 2019. The law has been described as the most protective pro-life…

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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…

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NYCF’s November 2019 Prayer Needs

New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms and our allied organization, New Yorker’s Family Research Foundation, ask that our friends and supporters remember the following thanksgivings and petitions in their prayers during the month of November: We thank the Lord for the success of our fall regional events, and for the support of all those who attended;…

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Rumors Of A December Special Session

On October 11, 2019, the New York Daily News reported that the New York State Legislature might return to Albany for a December special session. According to the Daily News, the potential special session relates to the activities of the Public Campaign Financing Commission. The Commission was created earlier this year after elected officials could…

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Stillborn Bill Recognizes Loss of Unborn Life

A new bill has been introduced that would provide financial relief to parents of stillborn children in New York. Bill S.3709-Mayer/A.7468-Buchwald would provide the parents of a stillborn child with a one-time tax credit of $2,000. The amount of this credit is the same as the amount of the child tax credit provided to parents…

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Attorney General Barr Speaks On ‘Spiritual Void’ in America

On October 11, 2019, U.S. Attorney General William Barr spoke at Notre Dame Law School. In his speech, Attorney General Barr discussed the Justice Department’s efforts to promote religious liberty. Refreshingly, the Attorney General did not just speak about the law; rather, his remarks addressed some of the core issues that plague the United States…

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