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.

Legislative Day 2020: Ever Upward

By Albany Update | Jan 4, 2020

Friends, New Yorker’s Family Research Foundation and New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms cordially invite you to attend Ever Upward: Legislative Day 2020. This year’s Legislative Day event is scheduled for Tuesday, March 17, 2020 in Albany, New York. The title of this year’s event is drawn from New York’s official state motto: Excelsior. This Latin…

Citing Concerns With Trump Picks, Cuomo Vetoes Wedding Officiant Bill

By Albany Update | Dec 30, 2019

In June 2015, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation allowing governors and former governors of New York to officiate at wedding ceremonies. Three-and-a-half years later, he signed another bill allowing state legislators to do the same. On December 20, 2019, Gov. Cuomo vetoed a bill that would have allowed federal judges to officiate at wedding ceremonies.…

Senator Metzger Pushes Mandatory Sex Ed

By Albany Update | Dec 20, 2019

State Sen. Jen Metzger (D-Rosendale) is championing a bill that would require public schools to implement a program of “comprehensive sexuality education” in grades K-12. According to Sen. Metzger, her bill (S.4844-Metzger/A.6512-Nolan) “‘would ensure that all young people have access to comprehensive, medically accurate, evidence-based, and age-appropriate sex education based on national standards.’” The bill…

NYC Dives Into ‘Non-Binary’ Death Certificates

By Albany Update | Dec 20, 2019

At New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms, we frequently find ourselves bewildered by the priorities of government officials in our beloved state. Last year, we questioned the priorities of the New York City Council when it passed an ordinance creating a “third gender option” on birth certificates. This year, the New York City Health Department has…

The State Of Homeschooling And Parental Rights In New York

By Albany Update | Dec 5, 2019

The year 2019 has not been a good year for parental rights in New York. The enactment of the Bathroom Law and the Counselor Coercion Law, the regulatory attack on nonpublic schools in the name of “substantial equivalency,” and the repeal of the religious exemption to school vaccination requirements have eroded parents’ authority in regard…

Cuomo Can’t Get Off The Transgender Bandwagon

By Albany Update | Dec 5, 2019

Multiple choice question: The week before Thanksgiving, what was on Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s mind? (a) How to fix New York’s $6.1 billion budget deficit; (b) Whether he should have run for President in 2020; (c) What to eat for Thanksgiving dinner; or (d) How to more effectively promote a “transgender” agenda? At New Yorkers for…

Media Determined To Desensitize Society To Gender Dysphoria

By Albany Update | Nov 24, 2019

Matthew 10:16: “Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.” The homosexual movement in the United States has made remarkable progress in a very short time. Just two generations ago, homosexual behavior was commonly viewed as unspeakable. One generation ago, the…

Appeals Court Lets New Hope Family Services Keep Serving Families—For Now

By Albany Update | Nov 5, 2019

Albany, NY—Yesterday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit issued a temporary injunction allowing New Hope Family Services to continue providing various adoption-related services. New Hope is a Christian charity that the State of New York is attempting to close because of its unwillingness to place children in households headed by same-sex couples.…

The Disturbing Rise Of Polyamorous Relationships

By Albany Update | Nov 4, 2019

A recent scandal regarding a first-term member of Congress has drawn new attention to the issue of polyamory. (The term “polyamory” refers to sexual relationships with multiple partners that are consented to by all participants.) On October 27, 2019, Rep. Katie Hill (D-CA), pictured, announced that she would resign from the U.S. House of Representatives.…

Gender Dysphoria And The Growing ‘Detransition’ Movement

By Albany Update | Nov 4, 2019

A woman from the United Kingdom who formerly identified as transgender is putting together a new organization for persons who desire to “detransition.” (“Detransitioning” refers to moving away from a “transgender” identity and re-identifying oneself with one’s true biological sex.) According to the Daily Mail, 28-year-old Charlie Evans is a woman who lived as a…

Andrew Cuomo Can’t Put Politics Aside—Even For Kids In Need

By Albany Update | Nov 4, 2019

Albany, NY—Yesterday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo threatened legal action against a proposed rule from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that would protect faith-based child welfare organizations from unfair discrimination based upon their beliefs about marriage and family. Jason J. McGuire, Executive Director of New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms (NYCF), made the following…

Stillborn Bill Recognizes Loss of Unborn Life

By Albany Update | Oct 20, 2019

A new bill has been introduced that would provide financial relief to parents of stillborn children in New York. Bill S.3709-Mayer/A.7468-Buchwald would provide the parents of a stillborn child with a one-time tax credit of $2,000. The amount of this credit is the same as the amount of the child tax credit provided to parents…

Attorney General Barr Speaks On ‘Spiritual Void’ in America

By Albany Update | Oct 20, 2019

On October 11, 2019, U.S. Attorney General William Barr spoke at Notre Dame Law School. In his speech, Attorney General Barr discussed the Justice Department’s efforts to promote religious liberty. Refreshingly, the Attorney General did not just speak about the law; rather, his remarks addressed some of the core issues that plague the United States…

HPV Mandate Tramples On Parental Rights

By Albany Update | Oct 20, 2019

Earlier this year, the New York State Legislature and Gov. Andrew Cuomo created controversy when they repealed a law allowing parents with religious objections to opt out of complying with child vaccination laws. The repeal of New York’s religious exemption made one thing clear: Most New York lawmakers believe that decisions about child vaccination should…

U.S. Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments on Gender Identity, Sexuality

By Albany Update | Oct 12, 2019

On October 8, 2019, the Supreme Court of the United States heard oral arguments in three cases that relate to employment discrimination. In essence, the cases present one simple question: Does Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 mean what it says? Two of the plaintiffs (one from Long Island and one from…

French Protest Liberalizing Reproductive Laws

By Albany Update | Oct 12, 2019

On October 6, 2019, thousands of French citizens took to the streets of Paris to peacefully protest against a bill that would cover the cost of in vitro fertilization (IVF) and similar procedures for single women and women identifying as lesbians. According to the New York Post, the protesters carried signs that read “‘Where is…