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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.

Trump Administration Sets Standards For Transgender Military Service

By Albany Update | Mar 17, 2019

The Trump administration is making progress in its effort to undo the damage done to the U.S. Armed Forces by President Barack Obama’s left-wing social experimentation. On March 13, 2019, the Pentagon released a new directive relating to military servicemembers with gender dysphoria. The directive does two things. First, it states that persons who join…

Assembly Judiciary Approves Military Marriage Bill

By Albany Update | Mar 9, 2019

Given the onslaught of truly atrocious legislation that is being inflicted upon the State of New York this year, it is encouraging to see a good piece of legislation moving in Albany. Bill S.3756-Mayer/A.55-Buchwald would waive the state’s portion of the marriage license fee for members of the United States Armed Forces that are on…

Contractual Surrogacy Clears First Committee

By Albany Update | Mar 4, 2019

Albany Update recently reported that Gov. Andrew Cuomo has publicly stated his support for paid surrogacy legislation, and has included such legislation in his budget proposal. Since that time, Asm. Amy Paulin (D-Scarsdale) has amended her proposed paid surrogacy bill, which is known as the Child-Parent Security Act (CPSA) (Bill A.1071-A-Paulin). Furthermore, on February 27,…

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…

Cuomo Comes Out For Contractual Surrogacy

By Albany Update | Feb 11, 2019

In 1992, the State of New York banned the practice of paid surrogacy. Paid surrogacy involves paying a woman to carry a child to term and to relinquish custody of that child to someone else once he or she is born. The paid surrogacy ban was signed into law by Gov. Mario Cuomo. New Yorkers…

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…

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…

New York State Legislature Passes Bathroom Bill

By Albany Update | Jan 20, 2019

On January 15, 2019, the New York State Senate voted 42-19 to pass the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA) (Bill S.1047-Hoylman/A.747-Gottfried), also known as the Bathroom Bill. On the same day, the New York State Assembly passed the Bathroom Bill by a vote of 105 to 43. Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a strong supporter of GENDA,…

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…

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…

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…

Trump Administration Continues To Promote Commonsense LGBT Policies

By Albany Update | Dec 8, 2018

During and after the 2016 presidential campaign, Donald Trump’s statements on LGBT issues caused concern for some Christians. In April 2016, Trump criticized North Carolina’s common-sense bathroom law, asserting that North Carolina “should allow people to use the bathroom they feel is appropriate.’” (Days later, Trump shifted his position, making a states’ rights argument in support…

‘Boy Erased’ is Movie Misleading

By Albany Update | Dec 3, 2018

“But I am afraid that as the serpent deceived Eve by his cunning, your thoughts will be led astray from a sincere and pure devotion to Christ” (II Corinthians 11:3). The secular left’s ongoing campaign to reshape the United States in its image is conducted on multiple fronts, including politics, the courts, education, and the…

‘Legal’ Colorado Leads Nation In Teens Trying Pot

By Albany Update | Dec 3, 2018

According to Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM), more young people are trying marijuana for the first time in Colorado, the first state to allow recreational marijuana than anywhere else in the nation. SAM’s conclusion is drawn from a survey conducted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA), a division of the US Department of Health and…