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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.

Andrew And Sandra: Birds of A Feather

By Albany Update | Jun 8, 2018

Last week, the Supreme Court of the United States found in favor of Christian baker Jack Phillips in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission. The Court held that the Colorado Civil Rights Commission violated the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment when it found Masterpiece Cakeshop liable for discrimination for declining to bake…

Supreme Court Rules: Religious Hostility Has No Place In A Pluralistic Society

By Albany Update | Jun 4, 2018

On June 4, 2018, the Supreme Court of the United States released its decision in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission. The Court found in favor of Christian baker Jack Phillips, who had been accused of unlawful discrimination for declining to design and create a cake for a same-sex “wedding.” Rev. Jason J. McGuire,…

State Teachers’ Union Needs A Schooling

By Albany Update | May 27, 2018

Unions are supposed to bargain for better pay and benefits, but unfortunately much of the dues they collect gets spent on political and social activism. Too often, unions promote a radical agenda at odds with the Christian values that New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms is working so hard to preserve and share. For example, if…

New ‘Dignity’ Regs Deny Reality

By Albany Update | May 26, 2018

In recent weeks, the New York State Education Department (NYSED) has proposed regulations that would further entrench damaging lies about gender identity in New York’s public schools. A bill containing similar provisions, Bill S.4843-Hoylman/A.10659-Gottfried, has been introduced in the New York State Legislature; the bill is not expected to advance this year. The proposed regulations…

Some Republicans Soften Bathroom Bill Stance

By Albany Update | May 18, 2018

When it comes to New York’s ongoing bathroom battle, Albany Update has good news and bad news. The good news is that the Bathroom Bill—also known as the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA) (Bill S.7010-Hoylman/A.3358-Gottfried)—has been defeated in the Senate Investigations and Government Operations Committee for the second year in a row. On May 15,…

Miscarriage Bill Offers Comfort To Grieving Parents

By Albany Update | May 18, 2018

A new bill introduced this year in the New York State Legislature would help families who are grieving the loss of a child through miscarriage. Bill S.7863-Tedisco/A.10013-Crespo provides that “[in] the case of a spontaneous fetal death at any gestational age, the attending physician…shall ensure that the mother of the fetus is informed of her…

SCOTUS Rules: Sports Betting Ban Violates States’ Rights

By Albany Update | May 18, 2018

On Monday, May 14, the Supreme Court of the United States issued its ruling in Murphy v. National Collegiate Athletic Association. In this case, the Court found a 1992 federal law called the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) to be unconstitutional because it intrudes on state sovereignty. PASPA had banned most states from…

Assembly Passes Bathroom Bill for Eleventh Time

By Albany Update | May 14, 2018

On May 7, 2018, the New York State Assembly passed the Bathroom Bill (Bill S.7010-Hoylman/A.3358-Gottfried) for the eleventh consecutive year. The bill—also known as the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA)—passed by a margin of 96-43. Every Assembly Republican except one voted against the bill, and it is possible that the one Republican “yea” vote was…

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…