The above-referenced bills would allow county jails to house inmates who identify as “transgender” in opposite-sex jail facilities if doing so would promote the safety of those inmates. The bills contain similar provisions regarding intersex inmates (inmates who possess both male and female biological characteristics). New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms takes no position on the…

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In the recent case of Ramos v. Louisiana, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that the Sixth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution requires a unanimous jury verdict for a defendant to be convicted of a serious crime in state court. Justices Brett Kavanaugh and Clarence Thomas penned concurring opinions in the Ramos case…

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Across the nation, Americans are shocked and grieved following two recent shooting sprees. Mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio have taken at least 31 precious lives and broken countless hearts. John Stonestreet of “Breakpoint”, the Christian worldview radio program, has authored an insightful piece on these tragic events. Stonestreet digs beneath questions…

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Bill S.45-A-Hoylman and Bill A.54-A-Buchwald, both of which are known as the New York State Restoration of Honor Act, relate to military veterans who received less-than-honorable discharges for making statements about their sexuality or gender identity, for engaging in consensual same-sex activity, or for engaging in transgendered behavior. The bills would make such veterans eligible…

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo desires to legalize marijuana for recreational use this year. His support for this policy is unfortunate, as more and more people are coming forward with valid concerns about recreational marijuana. At a recent Long Island panel discussion on marijuana, prosecutors and law enforcement officials stated that available mechanisms for testing drivers for…

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New York progressives are chomping at the bit to legalize recreational marijuana in New York. Gov. Andrew Cuomo is, too. But as the 2019 legislative session approaches, more voices are expressing concern about this ill-advised plan. One such voice is Susan Salamone of Putnam County, whose son, Justin, died of a heroin overdose. Salamone, a…

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo has littered his proposed 2019 New York State Budget with divisive social-issue legislation. That legislation includes an abortion pill insurance mandate, an Equal Rights Amendment that could create unanticipated negative consequences, a statute of limitations bill that would open the door to a barrage of frivolous lawsuits, and late-term abortion expansion. In…

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The latest attempt by U.S. Senate Republicans to repeal and replace Obamacare has failed. On Tuesday, September 26, Senate Republicans announced that they would not bring the Graham-Cassidy Bill to the Senate floor for a vote. While we noted the bill’s imperfections, NYCF supported the Graham-Cassidy Bill. The legislation would have given states greater flexibility…

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Friends and supporters of New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms know that we have been fighting to keep help and hope available to teens with unwanted same-sex attraction by opposing the Counselor Coercion Bill. This destructive and unnecessary piece of legislation would punish mental health professionals who help minor clients to diminish or resolve homosexual feelings;…

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For the second year in a row, Asm. Dean Murray (R-East Patchogue) has introduced a bill (A.5422) that would promote clarity and safety regarding restroom and locker room use in public schools, in public institutions of higher education, and in state agencies. Bill A.5422-Murray provides that multiple-occupancy bathrooms in New York’s public schools, public colleges…

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