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Marriage is the lifelong union of one man and one woman, and each child should–
whenever wise and possible–be raised in a stable family unit by his or her own mother and father.

NYCF’s August Prayer Requests

By Albany Update | Jul 22, 2018

As a Christian organization, New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms recognizes the centrality of prayer. While the support of our ministry friends is key, we cannot sustain this ministry without the Lord’s leading and direction of our efforts. We appreciate all of the believers who pray for us. In the month of August, we humbly ask…

Maine Gov. LePage Protects Change Therapy, Religious Freedom with Historic Veto

By Albany Update | Jul 16, 2018

The push to ban mental health professionals from assisting minor clients in overcoming unwanted same-sex attraction is not just happening here in New York; it’s happening across the country as well. Unfortunately, 13 states have now passed laws like the Counselor Coercion Bill that New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms has (successfully) opposed here in New…

Albany County Legislature Passes Change Therapy Ban

By Albany Update | Jul 16, 2018

Albany County lawmakers have jumped on the “ban change therapy” bandwagon. Last week, the Albany County Legislature passed Local Law “E”, a bill that would ban sexual orientation change efforts with minor clients. Sponsored by Legislator Bryan Clenahan (D-Guilderland), Local Law “E” would bar any person from being paid to provide “conversion therapy” to a…

Governor Cuomo Takes Transgender Action

By Albany Update | Jun 28, 2018

On June 24, 2018, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that he would take executive action to protect “transgender” persons from discrimination by health care providers and insurers. According to the Governor, “‘New York was founded upon the principles of fairness and equality and we won’t stand idly by while Washington seeks to claw back hard-earned rights…

Cuomo Orders Landmarks To Light It Up For LGBT

By Albany Update | Jun 22, 2018

On June 20—the final scheduled day of a legislative session in which Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan (R-East Northport) accused him of having “‘[thrown] in the towel’” following the passage of the state budget—Gov. Andrew Cuomo proclaimed June 20 to be Edie Windsor Day. The late Ms. Windsor, who passed away in 2017, was a…

The State Legislative Session Is Over—For Now

By Albany Update | Jun 22, 2018

On Thursday, June 21, in the wee hours of the morning, the New York State Senate adjourned. That adjournment marked the end of the 2018 legislative session in Albany, although Gov. Andrew Cuomo may call the Legislature back to Albany later this year to handle some unfinished business. Thankfully, Senate Republicans were able to hold…

Senate Passes Homeschool Sports Bill

By Albany Update | Jun 15, 2018

On June 13, 2018, the New York State Senate passed Bill S.465-A-Robach/A.445-A-Stirpe by a vote of 59-1. This bill provides that homeschooled students may participate in interscholastic sports if they meet school district requirements regarding age, physical examinations, immunizations, behavior, and performance. The bill further provides that to be academically eligible for sports participation, a…

Homeschool Equal Access Bill Passes Senate

By Albany Update | Jun 14, 2018

On June 11, 2018, the New York State Senate passed Bill S.5131-A-Robach/A.8969-Woerner, the Equal Access Bill. This bill, which is supported by New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms, would require fair practices by colleges and universities in regard to the admission of homeschooled high school graduates and graduates of non-public schools. Specifically, the Equal Access Bill…

NYCF-Supported Bills Sail Through Senate Education

By Albany Update | Jun 8, 2018

Two bills supported by New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms recently advanced through the New York State Senate Education Committee. The first of the two bills is the Homeschool Equal Access Bill (Bill S.5131-A-Robach/A.8969-Woerner). The Homeschool Equal Access Bill would require fair practices by institutions of higher education in regard to the admission of homeschooled high…

Andrew And Sandra: Birds of A Feather

By Albany Update | Jun 8, 2018

Last week, the Supreme Court of the United States found in favor of Christian baker Jack Phillips in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission. The Court held that the Colorado Civil Rights Commission violated the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment when it found Masterpiece Cakeshop liable for discrimination for declining to bake…

Supreme Court Rules: Religious Hostility Has No Place In A Pluralistic Society

By Albany Update | Jun 4, 2018

On June 4, 2018, the Supreme Court of the United States released its decision in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission. The Court found in favor of Christian baker Jack Phillips, who had been accused of unlawful discrimination for declining to design and create a cake for a same-sex “wedding.” Rev. Jason J. McGuire,…

State Teachers’ Union Needs A Schooling

By Albany Update | May 27, 2018

Unions are supposed to bargain for better pay and benefits, but unfortunately much of the dues they collect gets spent on political and social activism. Too often, unions promote a radical agenda at odds with the Christian values that New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms is working so hard to preserve and share. For example, if…

New ‘Dignity’ Regs Deny Reality

By Albany Update | May 26, 2018

In recent weeks, the New York State Education Department (NYSED) has proposed regulations that would further entrench damaging lies about gender identity in New York’s public schools. A bill containing similar provisions, Bill S.4843-Hoylman/A.10659-Gottfried, has been introduced in the New York State Legislature; the bill is not expected to advance this year. The proposed regulations…

Some Republicans Soften Bathroom Bill Stance

By Albany Update | May 18, 2018

When it comes to New York’s ongoing bathroom battle, Albany Update has good news and bad news. The good news is that the Bathroom Bill—also known as the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA) (Bill S.7010-Hoylman/A.3358-Gottfried)—has been defeated in the Senate Investigations and Government Operations Committee for the second year in a row. On May 15,…

Miscarriage Bill Offers Comfort To Grieving Parents

By Albany Update | May 18, 2018

A new bill introduced this year in the New York State Legislature would help families who are grieving the loss of a child through miscarriage. Bill S.7863-Tedisco/A.10013-Crespo provides that “[in] the case of a spontaneous fetal death at any gestational age, the attending physician…shall ensure that the mother of the fetus is informed of her…

SCOTUS Rules: Sports Betting Ban Violates States’ Rights

By Albany Update | May 18, 2018

On Monday, May 14, the Supreme Court of the United States issued its ruling in Murphy v. National Collegiate Athletic Association. In this case, the Court found a 1992 federal law called the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) to be unconstitutional because it intrudes on state sovereignty. PASPA had banned most states from…