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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.

Speaker Pelosi’s House Lurches Increasingly Left

By Albany Update | Jul 8, 2019

Under the leadership of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), the U.S. House of Representatives has recently passed several bills that highlight the increasingly radicalized ideology of the American left. On June 13, 2019, the House voted, 225-193, to pass a bill amendment that would “block the Trump administration’s recent ban on using federal funds to…

Paid Surrogacy Doesn’t Deliver In Legislative Session

By Albany Update | Jul 8, 2019

Recently, Albany Update reported that the New York State Senate passed paid surrogacy legislation. This week, we are grateful to report that the New York State Assembly declined to vote upon this legislation during the 2019 regular legislative session. On June 20, 2019, Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie acknowledged that Assembly Democrats lacked the votes to…

Senate Passes Paid Surrogacy

By Albany Update | Jun 17, 2019

On Monday, June 11, the New York State Senate passed a bill that would legalize paid surrogacy in New York. The legislation, Bill S.2071-B-Hoylman/A.1071-C-Paulin, was passed by a vote of 40-21. Thirty-eight Democratic senators were joined by two Senate Republicans—Sens. Phil Boyle (R-Bay Shore) and Betty Little (R-Queensbury)—in supporting the bill, while 19 Republicans and…

Senate To Take Up Paid Surrogacy Tuesday

By Albany Update | Jun 10, 2019

Albany Update has previously reported on the ongoing effort to legalize paid surrogacy in New York. A vote on the paid surrogacy bill is planned in the State Senate on Tuesday, June 11 despite the fact that, as of June 10, the bill has not been acted upon by any Senate Committee. Furthermore, the Senate’s…

Cuomo Takes ‘Pride’ In LGBT Activism

By Albany Update | Jun 10, 2019

New York’s legislative session is scheduled to end June 19, 2019. Do you know what your Governor is up to? If you guessed, “Working on LGBT issues,” you’d be right. So far this year, Gov. Cuomo has signed the Bathroom Bill and the Counselor Coercion Bill into law. Apparently, however, he is not satisfied with…

Legislative Session Enters Last Lap

By Albany Update | Jun 3, 2019

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has laid out his priorities for the remainder of the state legislative session, which is scheduled to end on June 19. As usual, the Governor’s priorities are questionable at best. However, his words offer some encouraging signs for Christian New Yorkers. On May 28, Gov. Cuomo stated that his end-of-session priorities include…

Cuomo Brings Pressure To Bear On Paid Surrogacy

By Albany Update | May 28, 2019

The 2019 state legislative session is scheduled to conclude on June 19, 2019. As the final days of the session wind down, Gov. Andrew Cuomo is calling for the passage of paid surrogacy legislation. At a May 22 LGBTQ fundraiser in the Manhattan neighborhood known as Hell’s Kitchen, Gov. Cuomo—in his typically heavy-handed manner—asserted that…

New Hope Family Services May Be Heading To Appeal

By Albany Update | May 19, 2019

On May 16, 2019, U.S. District Judge Mae D’Agostino dismissed the federal lawsuit filed by New Hope Family Services. New Hope Family Services, a Christian adoption agency based in Syracuse, had sued to challenge state regulations requiring agencies not to “discriminate” on the basis of marital status or sexual orientation in connection with adoption placements.…

Sports Gambling Gains Yards in Senate Gaming Committee

By Albany Update | May 19, 2019

On May 13, 2019, a bill that would allow gambling casinos to offer sports betting on digital devices was approved by the New York State Senate Racing, Gaming and Wagering Committee. Bill S.17-A-Addabbo/A.6113-A-Pretlow would: Require each casino that offers mobile sports betting to pay the state a $12 million license fee and a 0.2% royalty…

Youth Depression And Attempted Suicide On The Rise

By Albany Update | May 12, 2019

Earlier this year, the Journal of Abnormal Psychology published a disturbing study showing that depression and suicide attempts have markedly increased among American youth in recent years. The causes for this increase are disputed. The study points to suicide contagion, “the phenomenon by which exposure to one suicide death can trigger suicidal behavior in others.”…

Adoption Tax Deduction Bill On The Move

By Albany Update | May 12, 2019

As a Christian organization that promotes strong families, New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms advocates for pro-adoption public policy. Over the years, we have lobbied in Albany for bills that would address financial concerns that might discourage families from adoption. While the State Legislature has repeatedly passed such bills, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has repeatedly vetoed them.…

Bethany Christian Services Compromises Biblical Principles

By Albany Update | May 6, 2019

Proverbs 24:10: “If thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength is small.” The topic of today’s Albany Update is compromise. In some circumstances, compromise is a good thing. Philippians 2:4 says, “Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others”. As Christians seek to live…

Christian Business Owners Should Not Capitulate To LGBT Demands

By Albany Update | May 6, 2019

New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms and other like-minded organizations around the country work tirelessly to thwart extremist LGBT legislation, both locally and nationally. However, legislation is only one of the avenues used by LGBT activists in an effort to influence American society. LGBT activists also exert influence on American employers by pressuring them to adopt…

Raging Cuomo Rejects Trump’s Transgender Healthcare Changes

By Albany Update | May 6, 2019

The Trump administration is taking aim at yet another ill-advised Obama-era executive action. Predictably, Gov. Andrew Cuomo isn’t happy about it. The Affordable Care Act (President Barack Obama’s signature health care law) banned sex discrimination in certain health care activities. Significantly, a federal rule “interpreted” this sex discrimination ban to include a ban on—you guessed…

Court Rules Favorably In Private School Case

By Albany Update | Apr 22, 2019

Christian schools and other nonpublic schools recently won an important case in a state trial court in Albany. On April 17, 2019, State Supreme Court Justice Christina Ryba found that so-called “guidelines” issued by the New York State Education Department (NYSED) in November 2018 regarding the monitoring of nonpublic schools violated state law. On that…

NYCF’s May Prayer Needs

By Albany Update | Apr 20, 2019

During the month of May, New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms humbly asks that our friends and supporters throughout the Empire State remember the following prayer requests: That the 2019 legislative session would come to an end without the passage of any more destructive and ungodly laws; Specifically, that bills to legalize recreational marijuana, paid surrogacy,…