Court rules Christian adoption agency can refuse to place children with same-sex couples

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Christian adoption agency in New York recently won a lawsuit after a federal judge ruled the state could not require the organization to violate its religious beliefs by placing children with same-sex or unmarried couples.  

New Hope Family Services is a pro-life and pro-family nonprofit located in Syracuse which offers adoption, pregnancy, and other family support resources. The organization originally filed a lawsuit in 2018 in response to an investigation launched by the New York State Division of Human RightsNew Hope was represented by attorneys from Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF).

“Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be[e] joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.’ Genesis 2:24 

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Last week, a federal court decision ruled against the efforts of both the Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) and the State Division of Human Rights to force New Hope to offer adoption services to same-sex and unmarried couples.  

“The New York State Office of Children and Family Services singled out the nonprofit for its policy, guided by its religious beliefs, of placing children it serves in homes with a married mother and father,” ADF stated in a September 7 media release. “The summary judgment order from the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York in New Hope Family Services v. Poole prohibits OCFS from enforcing state law ‘insofar as it would compel New Hope to process applications from, or place children for adoption with, same-sex couples or unmarried cohabitating couples, and insofar as it would prevent New Hope from referring such couples to other agencies.”

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