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.

Public Opinion May Sway, But Biblical Principles Remain

By Albany Update | Aug 18, 2017

“[If] I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ.” (Galatians 1:10b) Prior to a recent television interview on Spectrum News, Liz Benjamin of Capital Tonight asked a member of our staff for New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms’ position on homosexuality. Our response was that every person is made in God’s image,…

As Election Year Looms, Cuomo Creates Council on Women and Girls

By Albany Update | Aug 4, 2017

On August 2, 2017, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the creation of the New York State Council on Women and Girls. According to the Governor’s self-congratulatory press release, “‘this council sends a clear message that its mission – to take the rights of women and girls into account when drafting policy – is central to all…

Trump Administration Appropriately Pulls Sex Ed Funding

By Albany Update | Aug 4, 2017

For many years, a debate has raged about whether—and how—to educate students about sexual matters in American schools. Comprehensive sex education, which offers a risk-reduction approach centered on information about birth control measures, has historically been favored by the Left. Christians and conservatives, on the other hand, typically favor abstinence education, or what is increasingly…

Change Is Possible

By Albany Update | Jul 19, 2017

Can a person’s sexual attractions change? That question lies at the heart of the current debate over change therapy—therapy that helps persons to overcome or diminish unwanted same-sex attraction. For the past several years, New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms has been advocating for change therapy availability here in the Empire State. In 2013, with the…

Pray For Charlie And His Parents

By Albany Update | Jul 19, 2017

Last week, Albany Update reported on the heart-wrenching case of Charlie Gard. As many New Yorkers will recall, Charlie is an 11-month-old British baby from Great Britain who suffers from a rare and incurable genetic condition, is terminally ill, and is hospitalized at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children on a ventilator. Charlie’s parents desire…

Senate Passes Homeschool Equal Access Bill

By Albany Update | Jun 26, 2017

Albany Update has previously reported on the Equal Access Bill (S.5131-A-Robach/A.1196-A-Simanowitz), a NYCF-supported bill that would require fair practices by colleges and universities in regard to the admission of homeschooled high school graduates and graduates of non-public schools. The bill provides, in pertinent part, as follows: The commissioner [of education] shall not require a pupil…

Adoption Report Bill Passes Assembly

By Albany Update | Jun 17, 2017

Albany Update is pleased to report that an adoption bill supported by New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms has passed the New York State Assembly. On June 12, the Assembly passed Bill S.4492-Golden/A.6800-Joyner. This legislation, which was introduced at the request of New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms, would “direct the Office of Children and Family Services…

Christians Fight Massachusetts Counselor Coercion Bill

By Albany Update | Jun 11, 2017

Last week, hearings were held in Boston regarding the Counselor Coercion Bill that is under consideration in the State of Massachusetts. Our friends and allies at Massachusetts Family Institute are leading the Bay State opposition. (As many readers will recall, the Counselor Coercion Bill is an LGBT-agenda priority that would make it unlawful for licensed…

Child-Marriage Ban Heads To Governor’s Desk

By Albany Update | Jun 11, 2017

Last week, the Senate and the Assembly passed legislation (S.4407-B-Lanza/A.5524-B-Paulin) that would raise the age of consent to marriage in the State of New York. Current New York law allows an adult aged 18 and over to marry of his or her own free will. A youth aged 16 and 17 may marry only if…

Proposed Bill Would Apply DASA To Private Schools

By Albany Update | Jun 5, 2017

In 2010, the State of New York passed an ill-advised law called the Dignity for All Students Act (DASA). While certain aspects of this anti-bullying law were well-intended, the law included problematic antidiscrimination language regarding sexual orientation and gender identity in public schools. Since DASA was passed, that language has been used to provide a…

Senate Health Committee Approves Condoms-And-Contraception Sex Ed

By Albany Update | May 30, 2017

The Healthy Teens Act (S.1070-Rivera/A.2705-Gottfried) would create a new stream of taxpayer funding for condoms-and-contraception comprehensive sex education in New York’s public schools. The bill states that its goal is to address the twin problems of pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases amongst New York’s youth. The Healthy Teens Act offers lip service to instruction on…

NYCF Opposes In Vitro Fertilization Coverage Mandate

By Albany Update | May 21, 2017

In recent decades, science has yielded a variety of advances in the area of assisted reproductive technology. While some of these advances make childbearing possible for the one in eight American couples that experience infertility, they also raise a variety of bioethical concerns. In particular, the practice of in vitro fertilization (IVF) is morally problematic.…

Hoylman’s Unhappiness

By Albany Update | May 12, 2017

Sen. Brad Hoylman (D-Manhattan) is a far-left legislator from New York City with whom New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms is frequently at odds. The Senator—who resides with a male partner, with whom he is raising a daughter conceived through a surrogate—aggressively promotes an agenda that can best be described as enthusiastically pro-abortion, pro-LGBT, and anti-religious.…

Senate Can’t Hold ‘Em, Online Poker Advances

By Albany Update | May 12, 2017

The State of New York is in the midst of a decades-long affair with gambling interests. From the lottery to OTB parlors to racinos to Indian casinos, our state government has taken an inappropriate and unhealthy interest in legalizing and profiteering from predatory, addictive gambling for quite some time. In recent years, with the encouragement…

Special-Needs Bill Adoption Bill Sails Through Senate

By Albany Update | May 12, 2017

In 2016, New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms supported the passage of a bill providing for a tax deduction for the adoptive parents of special needs children. While the bill passed both Houses of the State Legislature, it was vetoed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. This year, NYCF has worked to draft and introduce Bill S.4492-Golden/A.6800-Joyner, which…

Parental Notification Should Be Minimum Requirement In New York

By Albany Update | May 5, 2017

Due to the illegitimate and unconstitutional Supreme Court decisions in Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton in 1973, states are required to allow abortions to be performed in many circumstances. However, there are some incremental steps that states can take to protect women and unborn children from abortion without running afoul of federal courts.…