Sen. Brad Hoylman (D-Manhattan) has served in the New York State Senate since 2013. During much of that time, the Senator has promoted a far-left social agenda that is completely at odds with the principles that we stand for at New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms.
For example, Sen. Hoylman is the lead sponsor of the Child-Parent Security Act (S.2765), which would legalize paid surrogacy; the Counselor Coercion Bill (S.121), which would ban change therapy for minors with unwanted same-sex attraction; the Pregnancy Center Disclosures Bill (S.508), which would compel pro-life pregnancy centers to provide clients with unnecessary warnings about their services; Bill S.6017, which would make it illegal for parents to opt their children out of vaccinations based upon religious beliefs; and Bill S.509, which would require that all children be vaccinated against the sexually-transmitted human papillomavirus (HPV). Sen. Hoylman is also an enthusiastic supporter of the Bathroom Bill, and he and his male partner have an adopted daughter who was conceived and birthed through a paid surrogacy arrangement.
Last month, Sen. Hoylman released a report accusing the Senate Majority of “blacklist[ing]” the LGBT community. Sen. Hoylman’s evidence for this accusation is the fact that the Senate has not passed any major legislation on the wishlist of LGBT activists since same-sex “marriage” was legalized in 2011. To correct this supposed problem, Sen. Hoylman recommends the passage of a laundry list of dangerous and unnecessary measures that would please LGBT activists and erode the rights and freedoms of other New Yorkers.
The Senator’s analysis of the motives of his Senate colleagues is suspect. It is unlikely that Members of the Senate bear any ill will toward persons who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender. (Neither do we.) However, we suspect that many Members believe—just as we do—that the Senator’s bills are simply ill-advised. We also suspect that many Members do not wish to incur the displeasure of their conservative constituents by jumping on the Senator’s bandwagon. At New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms, we will continue to work in Albany to thwart Sen. Hoylman’s agenda, both on issues of sex and gender and on issues of life and liberty.