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Preserving Religious Liberty

NYCF opposes all initiatives that seek to limit the fundamental rights of freedom of speech, freedom of assembly, and the free exercise of religion, and supports equal access for Christian students and for churches and Christian groups that use public buildings.

New Hope Family Services May Be Heading To Appeal

By Albany Update | May 19, 2019

On May 16, 2019, U.S. District Judge Mae D’Agostino dismissed the federal lawsuit filed by New Hope Family Services. New Hope Family Services, a Christian adoption agency based in Syracuse, had sued to challenge state regulations requiring agencies not to “discriminate” on the basis of marital status or sexual orientation in connection with adoption placements.…

Bethany Christian Services Compromises Biblical Principles

By Albany Update | May 6, 2019

Proverbs 24:10: “If thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength is small.” The topic of today’s Albany Update is compromise. In some circumstances, compromise is a good thing. Philippians 2:4 says, “Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others”. As Christians seek to live…

Pro-Abortion Politicians Seek To Silence Pro-Life Speech

By Albany Update | Apr 28, 2019

Christians and other pro-life individuals across New York and the nation were horrified when the so-called Reproductive Health Act became law in January 2019. That horror turned to outrage when Gov. Andrew Cuomo lit One World Trade Center in pink to celebrate his “victory.” To make matters worse, New York has enacted an abortion pill…

Court Rules Favorably In Private School Case

By Albany Update | Apr 22, 2019

Christian schools and other nonpublic schools recently won an important case in a state trial court in Albany. On April 17, 2019, State Supreme Court Justice Christina Ryba found that so-called “guidelines” issued by the New York State Education Department (NYSED) in November 2018 regarding the monitoring of nonpublic schools violated state law. On that…

NYCF’s May Prayer Needs

By Albany Update | Apr 20, 2019

During the month of May, New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms humbly asks that our friends and supporters throughout the Empire State remember the following prayer requests: That the 2019 legislative session would come to an end without the passage of any more destructive and ungodly laws; Specifically, that bills to legalize recreational marijuana, paid surrogacy,…

Cuomo Expands Coverage For Abortion-Causing Drugs

By Albany Update | Apr 20, 2019

On April 12, 2019, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the Comprehensive Contraception Coverage  Act  (CCCA)  (Bill S.659-A–Salazar/A.585-A–Cahill) into law. New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms had successfully opposed this unnecessary and dangerous bill for several years. The CCCA requires group insurance policies issued or renewed  after January 1, 2020 to cover abortion-causing drugs,  voluntary  sterilization  procedures,  and …

Religious Attire Bill Clears Legislature

By Albany Update | Apr 20, 2019

On April 9, 2019, the New York State Senate passed Bill S.4037-Liu/A.4204-Weprin by a vote of 60-0. The bill had previously passed the Assembly on February 27, 2019. The legislation makes it unlawful for an employer to bar an employee from “wearing attire, clothing, or facial hair in accordance with the requirements of his or…

‘Mayor Pete’ Criticizes Vice President Pence’s Christian Faith

By Albany Update | Apr 17, 2019

Recently, a longshot Democratic presidential candidate criticized Vice President Mike Pence for his Christian beliefs and contradicted Biblical doctrine at the same time. Pete Buttigieg, the 37-year-old Mayor of South Bend, Indiana, is an Episcopalian who is “married” to a male partner. At a recent LGBT event, Buttigieg said: “I can tell you that if…

Pelosi-Led House Gives So-Called ‘Equality Act’ a Hearing

By Albany Update | Apr 7, 2019

Between the “anti-Semitic tropes” used by Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) and the controversial Green New Deal proposed by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY14), U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has faced challenging situations in the first few months of 2019. Unfortunately, Speaker Pelosi has created a challenging situation for the rest of us by making the…

New Jersey Approves Doctor-Assisted Death; Fight Shifts To New York

By Albany Update | Apr 1, 2019

New York’s neighbor to the south has just jumped on the doctor-assisted death bandwagon. On March 25, 2019, the New Jersey Legislature passed a bill to legalize physician-assisted suicide. As of this writing, the bill awaits action by New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D), who has stated that he intends to sign it; according to…

NYCF Welcomes Nearly 1,200 To Legislative Day 2019

By Albany Update | Mar 25, 2019

On March 19, 2019, nearly 1,200 Christians from across New York gathered at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center in Albany for New Yorker for Constitutional Freedoms’ 2019 Legislative Day. The theme for this year’s event was “A New Season.” Walt Heyer of SexChangeRegret.comshared his uplifting testimony of freedom from gender dysphoria and explained the causes…

Voters: New York Democrats Are Going Too Far

By Albany Update | Mar 24, 2019

New York government has been under unified Democratic Party control since January 2019. During that time period, state government has granted “transgender” persons access to opposite-sex facilities by passing the Bathroom Bill, denied youths with unwanted same-sex attraction access to professional counseling, mandated insurance coverage for abortion-causing drugs, passed a series of gun control measures,…

Don’t Forget About Physician-Assisted Suicide

By Albany Update | Mar 9, 2019

So far this year, a great deal of pro-life attention in New York has necessarily been focused on Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s assault on the lives of unborn children. However, it is important that New York Christians and other pro-life allies remain vigilant and engaged on the issue of physician-assisted suicide as well. Bill S.3947-Savino/A.2694-Paulin would…

Colorado ‘Civil Rights Commission’ Settles Second Cakebaker Case

By Albany Update | Mar 8, 2019

Good news from Colorado! Christian cakebaker Jack Phillips’s drawn-out legal battle with his own state’s so-called ‘Civil Rights Commission’ has come to an end. In June 2018, the Commission’s mean-spirited attempt to punish Phillips for declining to design a cake for a same-sex “wedding” failed when the Supreme Court of the United States released its…

Assembly Health Approves Government Takeover Of Health Insurance

By Albany Update | Mar 4, 2019

On February 28, 2019, the New York State Assembly Health Committee approved the New York Health Act (Bill S.3577-Rivera/A.5248-Gottfried). The New York Health Act (NYHA) would create a government-controlled single-payer health insurance system in the State of New York. If this bill were passed, most private health insurance would no longer be allowed in New…

New Hope Family Services Has Its Day In Court

By Albany Update | Feb 25, 2019

As Albany Update has previously reported, the State of New York has demanded that New Hope Family Services—a Christian adoption agency in Syracuse that is funded by private donations—change its adoption placement practices. According to the state, New Hope is violating state regulations because it declines to place children for adoption with same-sex couples or…