Promoting Strong Families

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.

Parent Resource Guide Helps Navigate Transgender Issues

By Albany Update | Apr 17, 2021

Parents, are you concerned about the potential effects of the “transgender” phenomenon on your children? If you answered “yes,” you’re not alone. At New Yorker’s Family Research Foundation (NYFRF), New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedom’s educational arm, we are pleased to offer parents a resource to help them navigate this challenging terrain. That resource is entitled…

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…

Arkansas Adopts Save Adolescents From Experimentation Act

By Albany Update | Apr 10, 2021

On April 6, 2021, the State of Arkansas made history, becoming the first state in the nation to ban the performance of gender transition procedures upon minors. The Save Adolescents From Experimentation (SAFE) Act (H.B.1570-Lundstrum) makes it illegal to perform any “medical or surgical service” on a minor that would “alter or remove physical or…

Gov. Kristi Noem Does ‘South Dakota Shuffle’, Fails To Save Girls’ Sports

By Albany Update | Mar 31, 2021

Something strange has happened in South Dakota. As that state’s Women’s Fairness in Sports bill—a  bill to proect women and girls from the intrusion of biological males identifying as “transgender” into women’s and girls’ sports—moved toward passage, South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem (R) stated that she was excited about the bill and planned to sign…

Caregiving Visitors Bill Signed

By Albany Update | Mar 31, 2021

On March 29, 2021, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed Bill S.614-B-May/A.1052-B-Bronson into law. Bill S.614-B-May/A.1052-B-Bronson requires nursing homes to allow residents to designate up to two personal caregiving visitors. The new law allows these designated personal caregiving visitors to visit nursing home residents, even during public health emergencies. These visitors are required to follow the same…

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…

Parents Should Decide When To Talk To Kids About Sex Ed

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 promote strong families, NYCF…

Senator Paul Questions Puberty Blockers For Prepubescents

By Albany Update | Mar 5, 2021

On February 25, 2021, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) took a brave and honest stand for parental rights and for the protection of young people with gender dysphoria (defined as distress caused by the feeling that one’s gender identity differs from one’s biological sex) from dangerous medical interventions. Sen. Paul spoke out about gender issues during…

Bethany Christian Services Compromises Christian Principles

By Albany Update | Mar 4, 2021

In May 2019, the Michigan office of Bethany Christian Services (BCS)—the nation’s largest Protestant adoption and foster care agency, with offices in 32 states—agreed to begin placing children in homes headed by same-sex couples. BCS did not take this step of its own accord; the State of Michigan made a policy change that would, if…

‘Equality Act’ Passes House of Representatives, Moves to U.S. Senate

By Albany Update | Feb 25, 2021

Rochester, NY—The U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 5, the so-called Equality Act, today by a vote of 224-206 (unofficial). The Equality Act would ban discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. The bill would give biological males access to female-only spaces (including women’s shelters) across the nation, would create unfair conditions for female…

Clearing Up Congressional Confusion Concerning The ‘Equality Act’

By Albany Update | Feb 24, 2021

The so-called Equality Act is expected to receive a floor vote in the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday, February 25, 2021. The Equality Act is a deeply misleading piece of legislation. On its surface, the bill looks like an anti-discrimination measure; it would add “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” as anti-discrimination categories under federal…

National Coalition Launches ‘Promise To America’s Children’

By Albany Update | Feb 24, 2021

A coalition of national-level and state-level organizations recently unveiled an important new initiative called the Promise to America’s Children. The Promise to America’s Children is a national movement encouraging lawmakers and parents to commit themselves to supporting laws that protect children’s health, children’s safety, and children’s relationships with their parents. The Promise to America’s Children…

Rent-A-Womb Regulations Now In Effect

By Albany Update | Feb 21, 2021

In 2020, following years of opposition from New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms and others, the State of New York legalized paid surrogacy. The law (Chapter 56 of the Laws of 2020) was passed during the state budget process, and it went into effect on February 15, 2021. It is now legal in New York for…

Allied Organizations Unveil “Promise To America’s Children”

By Albany Update | Feb 21, 2021

A coalition of national-level and state-level organizations, including ours, recently unveiled an important new initiative called the Promise to America’s Children. The Promise to America’s Children is “a national movement of parents and lawmakers to oppose legislation that harms children, like the Equality Act, and to create and support laws that will protect children’s health,…