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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.

Sexual Risk Avoidance Education Given Increase In Senate Appropriations Bill

By Albany Update | Sep 13, 2017

The US Senate Committee on Appropriations approved the FY 2018 Labor HHS Appropriation Bill containing a $10 million increase for Sexual Risk Avoidance (SRA) Education. This increase would bring the Sexual Risk Avoidance Education grant funding level to $25 million. Ascend, a non-profit advocacy organization that champions sexual risk avoidance (also known as abstinence) education is…

STI Rates Increasing in New York City

By Albany Update | Sep 10, 2017

“Drink waters out of thine own cistern, and running waters out of thine own well. Let thy fountains…be only thine own, and not strangers’ with thee. Let thy fountain be blessed: and rejoice with the wife of thy youth” (Proverbs 5:15-18). A recent report contains troubling news: In New York City, the infection rates of some…

Legal Organization Sends Schools Policy To Protect Student Privacy

By Albany Update | Sep 3, 2017

Late last month, Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) “e-mailed an updated letter [to] public school districts nationwide to provide them with a recommended policy that protects the physical privacy and dignity of all students in locker rooms and similar facilities while still providing a solution for school officials concerned about students struggling with their gender identity.…

Transgender Confusion Hits Elementary Classrooms

By Albany Update | Sep 3, 2017

A California charter school made recent headlines due to two poor decisions regarding questions of gender identity. Reports indicate that a kindergarten student at Rocklin Academy, located near Sacramento, California, suffered from gender dysphoria and wished to attend school dressed as a girl. According to The Christian Post, the student’s teacher introduced the student to…

Nashville Statement Brings Biblical Clarity To Culture In Confusion

By Albany Update | Sep 3, 2017

When it comes to matters of marriage, sexuality, and gender identity, the United States of America has become deeply confused. That confusion has permeated our media, our education system, our popular culture, our public policy, and—sadly—some of our churches. In the midst of this confusion, New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms is pleased to report that…

Pentagon Would Be Wise To Reconsider Women In Combat

By Albany Update | Aug 21, 2017

In 2015, the Obama administration announced that all combat roles in the U.S. Armed Forces would become available to women. At the time, New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms opposed this idea on the grounds that its implementation would damage the military readiness of the Armed Forces. The data that led us to this conclusion included…

Public Opinion May Sway, But Biblical Principles Remain

By Albany Update | Aug 18, 2017

“[If] I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ.” (Galatians 1:10b) Prior to a recent television interview on Spectrum News, Liz Benjamin of Capital Tonight asked a member of our staff for New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms’ position on homosexuality. Our response was that every person is made in God’s image,…

As Election Year Looms, Cuomo Creates Council on Women and Girls

By Albany Update | Aug 4, 2017

On August 2, 2017, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the creation of the New York State Council on Women and Girls. According to the Governor’s self-congratulatory press release, “‘this council sends a clear message that its mission – to take the rights of women and girls into account when drafting policy – is central to all…

Trump Administration Appropriately Pulls Sex Ed Funding

By Albany Update | Aug 4, 2017

For many years, a debate has raged about whether—and how—to educate students about sexual matters in American schools. Comprehensive sex education, which offers a risk-reduction approach centered on information about birth control measures, has historically been favored by the Left. Christians and conservatives, on the other hand, typically favor abstinence education, or what is increasingly…

Change Is Possible

By Albany Update | Jul 19, 2017

Can a person’s sexual attractions change? That question lies at the heart of the current debate over change therapy—therapy that helps persons to overcome or diminish unwanted same-sex attraction. For the past several years, New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms has been advocating for change therapy availability here in the Empire State. In 2013, with the…

Pray For Charlie And His Parents

By Albany Update | Jul 19, 2017

Last week, Albany Update reported on the heart-wrenching case of Charlie Gard. As many New Yorkers will recall, Charlie is an 11-month-old British baby from Great Britain who suffers from a rare and incurable genetic condition, is terminally ill, and is hospitalized at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children on a ventilator. Charlie’s parents desire…

Senate Passes Homeschool Equal Access Bill

By Albany Update | Jun 26, 2017

Albany Update has previously reported on the Equal Access Bill (S.5131-A-Robach/A.1196-A-Simanowitz), a NYCF-supported bill that would require fair practices by colleges and universities in regard to the admission of homeschooled high school graduates and graduates of non-public schools. The bill provides, in pertinent part, as follows: The commissioner [of education] shall not require a pupil…

Adoption Report Bill Passes Assembly

By Albany Update | Jun 17, 2017

Albany Update is pleased to report that an adoption bill supported by New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms has passed the New York State Assembly. On June 12, the Assembly passed Bill S.4492-Golden/A.6800-Joyner. This legislation, which was introduced at the request of New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms, would “direct the Office of Children and Family Services…

Christians Fight Massachusetts Counselor Coercion Bill

By Albany Update | Jun 11, 2017

Last week, hearings were held in Boston regarding the Counselor Coercion Bill that is under consideration in the State of Massachusetts. Our friends and allies at Massachusetts Family Institute are leading the Bay State opposition. (As many readers will recall, the Counselor Coercion Bill is an LGBT-agenda priority that would make it unlawful for licensed…

Child-Marriage Ban Heads To Governor’s Desk

By Albany Update | Jun 11, 2017

Last week, the Senate and the Assembly passed legislation (S.4407-B-Lanza/A.5524-B-Paulin) that would raise the age of consent to marriage in the State of New York. Current New York law allows an adult aged 18 and over to marry of his or her own free will. A youth aged 16 and 17 may marry only if…

Proposed Bill Would Apply DASA To Private Schools

By Albany Update | Jun 5, 2017

In 2010, the State of New York passed an ill-advised law called the Dignity for All Students Act (DASA). While certain aspects of this anti-bullying law were well-intended, the law included problematic antidiscrimination language regarding sexual orientation and gender identity in public schools. Since DASA was passed, that language has been used to provide a…