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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.

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…

Florida Judge Offers Hope To Those With Unwanted Same-Sex Attraction

By Albany Update | Feb 15, 2019

Last month, New York jumped on the bandwagon of banning reparative therapy by passing the Counselor Coercion Law. As many New Yorkers will recall, the Counselor Coercion Law bars licensed mental health professionals from assisting minor clients in resolving unwanted same-sex attraction. Earlier this month, a federal magistrate judge in Florida opined that a similar…

Legislative Day Looks To The Future Of Pro-Life New York

By Albany Update | Feb 4, 2019

What are your plans for Tuesday, March 19? At New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms (NYCF), we hope they include us! On March 19, NYCF and our affiliate organization, New Yorkers Family Research Foundation (NYFRF), are scheduled to hold our annual Legislative Day event at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center in Albany. Attendees will hear…

Late-Term Abortion Not The Only Anti-Life Legislative Action

By Albany Update | Jan 24, 2019

The Reproductive Health Act (RHA) was not the only bad bill passed by the New York State Legislature on January 22, 2019. The Senate and the Assembly each passed two other bills that threaten human life and religious liberty: The Comprehensive Contraception Coverage Act (CCCA) and the Boss Bill. Gov. Andrew Cuomo is expected to…

Counselor Coercion Bill Clears Senate And Assembly

By Albany Update | Jan 20, 2019

Religious liberty, free speech, and parental rights took a major hit in the State of New York last week. On January 15, 2019, each house of the New York State Legislature passed the Counselor Coercion Bill (S.1046–Hoylman/A.576–Glick), which bans mental health professionals from engaging in sexual orientation change efforts—or “change therapy”—with minor clients. The Senate…

Cuomo’s Annual Address Fills Liberal Laundry List

By Albany Update | Jan 20, 2019

Gov. Andrew Cuomo gave his annual budget address on January 15, 2019, but his address went far beyond dollars and cents. According to the New York Post, the Governor “unveiled a new $178.8 billion budget long on his progressive agenda aspirations but often short on details of execution.” The Governor also covered a wide range…

Democratic Socialists Seek Single-Payer Healthcare

By Albany Update | Dec 30, 2018

One especially ominous item on the Left’s Albany wish list for 2019 is a government takeover of health insurance. Many new members of the New York State Legislature, including some self-avowed Democratic Socialists, promised voters that they would advocate for this extreme and unwise proposal. A government takeover of health insurance—known as a single-payer system—would…

Colorado Cake Baker Still Subject To State Harassment

By Albany Update | Dec 30, 2018

In 2018, Jack Phillips—the Christian Colorado baker who was punished due to his unwillingness to bake a custom cake for a same-sex “wedding”—won his case at the U.S. Supreme Court. Unfortunately, the Left is not done trying to punish him for living out his Christian beliefs. According to Fox Carolina, Phllips is “suing to try…

Governor Andrew Cuomo Lays Out A Liberal Agenda For New Legislative Session

By Albany Update | Dec 22, 2018

On Monday, December 17, Gov. Andrew Cuomo gave a speech at the New York City Bar Association setting forth his legislative priorities for the New Year and declaring “independence” from the policies of the federal government under President Donald Trump. To put it mildly, some of the Governor’s priorities need adjusting. According to the Democrat…

New York Needs Prayer As We Face A New Year

By Albany Update | Dec 17, 2018

As we look ahead to January 2019, it is quite possible that New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms has never needed prayer as urgently as we do now. To put it simply, the dramatic power shift in the New York State Senate that occurred on Election Day means that the many legislative victories with which the…

United States Comes To The Aid of Persecuted Middle Eastern People

By Albany Update | Dec 17, 2018

“For he shall deliver the needy when he crieth; the poor also, and him that hath no helper. He shall spare the poor and needy, and shall save the souls of the needy. He shall redeem their soul from deceit and violence: and precious shall their blood be in his sight” (Psalm 72:12-14). The United…

New Hope Files Federal Challenge To Protect Its Religious Freedom Rights

By Albany Update | Dec 11, 2018

Earlier this year, New Hope Family Services—a Christian nonprofit adoption provider, foster care placement agency, and pregnancy center based in Syracuse—received a letter from the New York State Office of Children and Family Services stating that New Hope would be required to change its adoption policies or stop providing adoptions altogether. The policy that OCFS…