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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.

Contractual Surrogacy Hearing Coming Up

By Albany Update | May 7, 2018

For the past several years, New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms and other pro-family groups have opposed a bill that would repeal New York’s existing ban on paid surrogacy. Paid surrogacy is the practice in which a woman is paid to become pregnant, to carry an unborn child to term, and—after the child is born—to hand…

Assembly Passes Bill to Raise the Tanning Age While Pro-Life Bills Languish

By Albany Update | May 7, 2018

On April 25, 2018, the New York State Assembly passed Bill S.5885-A-Boyle/A.7218-A-Jaffee. This legislation would raise the age for using indoor tanning facilities from 17 to 18. Under existing law, 17-year-olds may use indoor tanning facilities only with written parental permission. According to the bill memorandum, this bill is needed to protect young people against…

Counselor Coercion Bill Passes Assembly Again

By Albany Update | May 7, 2018

The New York State Assembly can’t seem to resist the urge to meddle in counseling sessions between mental health professionals and teenagers with unwanted same-sex attraction. On April 30, 2018, the Assembly passed the Counselor Coercion Bill (S.263-Hoylman/A.3977-Glick). This marks the fifth time that the Assembly has passed this misguided and destructive legislation. The Counselor…

Political Correctness Lets Inmates Choose Male Or Female Housing

By Albany Update | Apr 21, 2018

On Monday, April 16, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a new policy that will allow inmates in New York City jails to decide for themselves—based upon “gender identity”—whether they will be housed with men or with women. According to a press release, the City Commission on Human Rights has determined that the…

What Would A Senate Democratic Majority Leader Mean For Social Issues?

By Albany Update | Apr 15, 2018

Last week, Albany Update reported that the Independent Democratic Conference (IDC)—which has been in existence in the New York State Senate since 2011—was reuniting with the rest of the Senate Democratic Conference. Thus far, it appears that the reunification is taking effect. For Democrats, reunification is not the goal; it is merely a step toward…

Counselor Coercion Bills Crop Up In Counties

By Albany Update | Apr 14, 2018

When an LGBT-agenda bill fails to gain traction in Albany, LGBT advocates sometimes work to advance similar bills in counties and cities around the state. For example, the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA)—also known as the Bathroom Bill—has languished in Albany for over a decade. During that time, however, similar local laws have passed in…

Poloncarz Picks Political Correctness Over Good Public Policy

By Albany Update | Mar 5, 2018

Last week, Albany Update reported on the Erie County Legislature’s recent passage of the Criminalizing Hope Bill (LL Intro. 5-2), which would make it a crime—punishable by up to a year in prison—to provide reparative therapy for a client under age 18. Since then, hundreds of our friends have used our Action Center to express…

NYC Counselor Coercion Bill Enacted

By Albany Update | Jan 26, 2018

Last year, Albany Update reported on a proposal to ban various types of sexual orientation change efforts in New York City. Unfortunately, that proposal has now become law. On November 30, 2017, the New York City Council passed Int. 1650A-2017 (the New York City Counselor Coercion Law), which would bar anyone from receiving fees for…

Assembly GOP Speaks Out Against Domestic Violence

By Albany Update | Jan 26, 2018

On Tuesday, January 23, the Republican Conference of the New York State Assembly issued a report calling domestic violence a “‘statewide public health crisis’” and recommending changes in existing law to address the problem. According to the New York Post, the Assembly Republicans recommend that the state “increase enforcement and penalties against abusers and allow…

New Surrogacy Report Births Confusion

By Albany Update | Jan 20, 2018

In 1992, Gov. Mario Cuomo signed legislation banning paid surrogacy in the State of New York. Paid surrogacy is the practice in which a woman is paid to become pregnant, carry an unborn child to term, and—after the child is born—to relinquish that child to the person or persons who paid for her services. This…

Casino Mogul Should Have Known Profits Would Miss Projections

By Albany Update | Jan 1, 2018

The owner of Tioga Downs—one of the three new Vegas-style casinos that have opened in upstate New York in the past two years—is claiming that if he had known how little money his upgraded casino would make, he would not have built it. Casino mogul Jeff Gural obtained a state license in 2016 to expand…

NYCF Applauds Pro-Family Provisions Of President Trump’s Tax Reform

By Albany Update | Dec 26, 2017

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act has crossed the finish line. After representatives from the House and the Senate negotiated a compromise version of the bill, the House of Representatives passed it, 227-203, on December 19. Following minor modifications to the legislation to address procedural problems, the Senate passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act…

New Hope Shut Out From Central New York School District

By Albany Update | Dec 15, 2017

A pro-life organization has been banned from conducting a popular abstinence-based sex education program in the Baldwinsville School District following a parent’s complaints. According to Syracuse.com, the parent complained after “an instructor used a skit that compared giving away a piece of chewing gum to a girl losing her virginity. The message delivered by the…

‘Sex Change’ Surgeries Surge in New York

By Albany Update | Dec 15, 2017

During the past three decades, a major shift has taken place in culture and public policy relating to sexuality and gender identity. With startling speed, New York and many other states have moved from (a) banning homosexual behavior to (b) allowing homosexual behavior; (c) protecting individuals who engage in homosexual behavior against various types of…

Outrageous Student ‘Self-Identification’ Policy Withdrawn in Delaware

By Albany Update | Dec 15, 2017

Proposals to amend state regulations don’t usually draw much attention. In fact, regulatory language is often downright boring. But a recent attempt to make radical changes to an educational regulation in the State of Delaware created a firestorm of controversy. The proposed regulation would have required schools to enter a student’s “preferred name” into school…

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act: NYCF Speaks Out

By Albany Update | Dec 11, 2017

Now that the tax reform bill known as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act has passed the U.S. Senate, the House of Representatives and the Senate will create a conference committee to iron out the differences between the two bills and arrive at one unified piece of legislation. That legislation will then be voted upon…