On May 16, 2019, U.S. District Judge Mae D’Agostino dismissed the federal lawsuit filed by New Hope Family Services. New Hope Family Services, a Christian adoption agency based in Syracuse, had sued to challenge state regulations requiring agencies not to “discriminate” on the basis of marital status or sexual orientation in connection with adoption placements.
“‘Every child deserves a permanent home with loving parents,’ said ADF Legal Counsel Jeana Hallock. ‘Protecting this religious nonprofit does nothing to interfere with other adoption providers. Banishing New Hope as a faith-based adoption provider, however, means fewer kids will find permanent homes, fewer adoptive parents will ever welcome their new child, and fewer birth parents will enjoy the exceptional support that New Hope has offered for decades. In short, everyone loses if the government forces New Hope to shut down. We are considering an appeal of the court’s decision because there’s so much at stake.’”
Because of the court decision, the State of New York could shut down New Hope’s adoption services at any time.
New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms is disappointed by the District Court’s decision. We hope that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit will take a different view of the case. Also, we strongly urge members of Congress not to pass the so-called Equality Act, which would take the type of persecution New Hope is experiencing and spread it throughout the nation.