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.

Photographer Wants Freedom To Focus On Weddings Of Her Choosing

By Albany Update | Jun 28, 2021

Recently, New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms (NYCF) has had the opportunity to file an amicus brief (also known as a friend-of-the-court brief) in an important religious liberty case here in New York. Emilee Carpenter Photography v. James is a case that has been filed in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of New…

U.S. Supreme Court Unanimously Rules in Favor of Catholic Adoption Agency

By Albany Update | Jun 17, 2021

Rochester, NY—Earlier today, the Supreme Court of the United States issued its decision in Fulton v. Philadelphia. The Court ruled unanimously against the City of Philadelphia, which had refused to refer foster children to Catholic Social Services due to the agency’s unwillingness to place children in same-sex households. Jason J. McGuire, Executive Director of New…

The 2021 State Legislative Session Is A Wrap

By Albany Update | Jun 17, 2021

At 4:42 AM on Friday, June 11, the New York State Assembly adjourned. This adjournment marked the end of the 2021 regular legislative session. The State Senate had already adjourned late the night before. Given the plethora of ill-advised bills being considered by progressive majorities in the State Senate and the State Assembly, the session…

State Legislative Session Enters Home Stretch

By Albany Update | Jun 6, 2021

At the time of this writing, there are only four scheduled days left in the state legislative session that is scheduled to conclude on June 10, 2021. That makes this final week of the regular session make it or break it for the many of the issues that New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms has been…

Capacity Restrictions on Churches Lifted; Mask Mandate Lifted for Fully-Vaccinated

By Albany Update | May 30, 2021

Recent executive actions have provided New Yorkers with welcome relief from certain COVID-19 mandates. First, the state’s attendance restriction on churches and other houses of worship in the State of New York based on percentage of maximum occupancy has been lifted effective May 19, 2021. Prior to May 19, churches were directed to limit in-person…

Oversight Proposal Could Pose Problems for Non-Public Schools

By Albany Update | May 23, 2021

New York law (Education Law § 3204(2)) requires nonpublic schools to provide their students with an education that is “substantially equivalent” to the education provided in the public schools where their students reside. In 2019, the New York State Education Department (NYSED) used the concept of substantial equivalency as the basis for new regulations that…

Cuomo On College And COVID: No Shot, No School

By Albany Update | May 14, 2021

On May 10, 2021, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that beginning in the fall 2021 semester, all on-campus students attending colleges and universities in the State University of New York (SUNY) and City University of New York (CUNY) systems would be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19. According to Politico, Gov. Cuomo said, “‘If you must…

Vaccine Reporting Proposal Raises Privacy Concerns

By Albany Update | May 14, 2021

A bill that is moving in the New York State Senate has disturbing implications for the privacy of persons receiving vaccines. Bill S.75-Hoylman/A.279-Gottfried contains three basic provisions. First, the bill would require medical practitioners to report all vaccinations of persons aged 19 and older to the state. This provision would change a current law that…

New York’s Abortion Insurance Mandate May See Supreme Court Challenge

By Albany Update | May 3, 2021

On April 23, 2021, a coalition of Catholic and Protestant churches and organizations represented by the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty asked the Supreme Court of the United States to hear their constitutional challenge to New York’s requirement that employers include abortion coverage within their employees’ health insurance plans. In Diocese of Albany v. Lacewell,…

Government-Only Healthcare Gets Out Of Health Committee

By Albany Update | Apr 25, 2021

The misguided and disastrous New York Health Act (Bill S.5474-Rivera/A.6058-Gottfried) has been approved by the New York State Assembly Health Committee. Following a party-line vote of 19-7, the bill will now move to the Assembly Codes Committee for further consideration. The New York Health Act would create a government-controlled single-payer health insurance system in the…

Albany Enters Second Half Of Legislative Session

By Albany Update | Apr 17, 2021

The New York state budget process for the 2021-2022 fiscal year was completed earlier this month. In an ideal world, each year’s legislative session would be completed upon the passage of the budget. However, the real world is far from ideal, and the 2021 legislative session is not scheduled to conclude until June 10. This…

Federal Court Upholds Free Speech For Faculty

By Albany Update | Apr 10, 2021

A recent federal court case represents a step in the right direction on free speech for faculty at public universities. On March 26, 2021, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that a professor at Shawnee State University in Ohio was free to refrain from addressing a “transgender” student using that student’s preferred pronoun. According…

Vaccine Passports Raise Privacy Concerns

By Albany Update | Mar 31, 2021

On March 26, 2021, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the impending rollout of the Excelsior Pass. The Excelsior Pass is a method of presenting digital proof of having been vaccinated against COVID-19 or of having tested negative for COVID-19. According to the state’s website, the Excelsior Pass will be used by venues to screen the COVID-19…

Congressional Votes Raise Concerns For Social Conservatives

By Albany Update | Mar 20, 2021

On February 25, 2021, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the disastrous and misleadingly-named Equality Act. Last week, the House demonstrated that it isn’t finished passing bad bills. On March 17, 2021, the House reauthorized the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and passed a resolution to remove the ratification deadline for the proposed Equal Rights…

NYCF Hosts “Legislative Day 2021: A Digital Day of Action”

By Albany Update | Mar 16, 2021

New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms (NYCF), New York’s statewide evangelical Christian advocacy organization, holds its first-ever Digital Day of Action today. NYCF Executive Director Jason J. McGuire made the following comments: “For decades, New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms has held its annual Legislative Day in Albany on the third Tuesday in March. This year, COVID-19 and social…

Bill Forces Faith-Based Schools To Choose Compromise Or Closure

By Albany Update | Mar 15, 2021

As part of our Digital Day of Action, New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms (NYCF) is highlighting one piece of proposed state legislation from each of the four policy areas in which we work: Protecting human life, promoting strong families, preserving religious liberty, and proclaiming justice and mercy. As we work to preserve religious liberty, NYCF…