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whenever wise and possible–be raised in a stable family unit by his or her own mother and father.

A Decade Of Same-Sex “Marriage”

By Albany Update | Jun 17, 2021

June 24, 2021 marks the tenth anniversary of the legalization of same-sex “marriage” in New York. Ten years ago, same-sex “marriage” legislation passed both houses of the Legislature and was signed into law. When the law went into effect a month later, New York was only the sixth U.S. state where same-sex “marriage” was legal.…

The 2021 State Legislative Session Is A Wrap

By Albany Update | Jun 17, 2021

At 4:42 AM on Friday, June 11, the New York State Assembly adjourned. This adjournment marked the end of the 2021 regular legislative session. The State Senate had already adjourned late the night before. Given the plethora of ill-advised bills being considered by progressive majorities in the State Senate and the State Assembly, the session…

Pride Month Causes Christians To Consider Proper Response

By Albany Update | Jun 15, 2021

Each June, Americans who self-identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender celebrate LGBT Pride Month. LGBT Pride Month is held each June to commemorate the Stonewall riots. In June of 1969, patrons of the Stonewall Inn—a homosexual bar in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of Manhattan—responded with mob violence to police officers who raided the establishment.…

State Legislative Session Enters Home Stretch

By Albany Update | Jun 6, 2021

At the time of this writing, there are only four scheduled days left in the state legislative session that is scheduled to conclude on June 10, 2021. That makes this final week of the regular session make it or break it for the many of the issues that New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms has been…

China Relaxes Child-Bearing Policy

By Albany Update | Jun 6, 2021

“Last week, China’s government said that couples will be able to have a third child, a decision meant to spark more babies in a country where population growth has hit a wall,” the Morning Brew reports. “Family planning restrictions have existed in China since 1980, when the government instituted a one-child-per-household policy out of fear it wouldn’t…

Homeschooling Sees Post-Pandemic Bump

By Albany Update | May 30, 2021

Recently, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that public schools across the state would reopen for in-person instruction in the fall of 2021. In similar fashion, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that New York City schools would also re-open in person; the Mayor added that no at-home learning option would be made available. These…

Poor State Policy Would Prefer Premarital Relations Over Marriage

By Albany Update | May 10, 2021

Bill S.3086-Salazar/A.3891-Ramos would bar anyone under the age of 18 from getting married in the State of New York. In 2017, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation prohibiting anyone under the age of 17 from marrying in New York. This 2017 law also requires that any 17-year-old wishing to marry obtain a court order and parental…

Could Sex Ed See A Late Session Surge?

By Albany Update | May 10, 2021

The 2021 legislative session is scheduled to come to a close on June 10, 2021. As the end of session approaches, advocates are working to pass an objectionable sex education mandate. In a recent podcast, a representative of the New York Civil Liberties Union asserted that existing sex education in public schools (which, at this…

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…