New Hope Wins Religious Liberty Battle, Continues to Fight The War

On October 5, 2020, a federal court ruled that an evangelical adoption agency based in Syracuse, New York may remain open while its lawsuit against the State of the New York proceeds.

In New Hope Family Services v. Poole, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York (D’Agostino, J.) held that New Hope Family Services was likely to ultimately succeed on its claim that the State of New York violated its First Amendment right to free speech by ordering it to either close its doors or start placing children in same-sex households. Therefore, the court ruled that the State of New York may not revoke New Hope’s adoption license so long as its lawsuit remains pending. Judge Mae D’Agostino had previously ruled in favor of the state in this case, but the Second Circuit Court of Appeals reversed her ruling and sent the case back to her with specific instructions.

New Hope’s attorney, Roger Brooks of Alliance Defending Freedom, cheered the court’s decision:

“‘…Today’s ruling signals that the state’s attempt to shutter New Hope violated core rights protected by the First Amendment—the freedom to speak what you believe and the freedom to practice the teachings of your faith. Thankfully, this ruling means that New Hope can continue offering the exceptional support it has provided for decades while its lawsuit challenging the state’s unconstitutional policy continues.’”

New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms applauds New Hope and its attorneys at ADF. We pray that New Hope will ultimately win this lawsuit. If a Christian adoption agency cannot limit adoptive parents to married, opposite-sex couples, this isn’t a free country anymore.