This legislation would bar judges in child custody cases from taking the sexual orientation or gender identity of parents into account when determining the best interests of a child. Furthermore, the bill would prevent judges from ordering parents in child custody cases not to undergo “gender reassignment” surgeries. This bill is objectionable. The bill’s sponsors…

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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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In the United States, legislators are entrusted with a great deal of power. They have the authority to make laws that affect the lives of their constituents, and they make decisions about how taxpayer funds are spent. However, this is not the only type of power that legislators possess; in many instances, they also have…

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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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Bill S.5377-Bonacic would allow casinos to loan money to gamblers “to enable [them] to take part in gaming activity.” Bill S.5377-Bonacic would also allow casinos to cash checks for patrons who wish to use the proceeds of those checks for gambling purposes.Gambling addiction is a serious problem for individuals, families, and communities. This legislation would…

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Bill S.277-Hoylman/A.2662-Ortiz would require certain employees of the New York State Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) to receive special training regarding LGBT youth. It is inappropriate for the State of New York to categorize underaged youth with sexual identity labels, even if some young people may choose to adopt labels. The use of…

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Bill S.1087-Rivera/A.6009-Gottfried would expand New York’s medical marijuana law to allow the drug to be smoked for medical purposes. This bill is objectionable for two reasons. First, smoking marijuana is dangerous. The sponsors of this legislation have failed to make the case that smoking marijuana is safe, let alone healthful. Second, legalizing smoked marijuana for…

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New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms supports state legislation to establish a committee within the New York State Health Department to study and report upon the public health effects of internet pornography. A current draft of such legislation (which, as of this writing, has not been introduced) provides that said committee shall issue a report by…

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