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Some messages from our friends at NYers for Constitutional Freedoms-Albany updates

January 21, 2011

Jan 21st, 2011

MARRIAGE BATTLE BREWING AGAIN ALREADY:

According to the New York Daily News, the battle over same-sex “marriage” is about to heat up again. The Daily News interviewed New York State Senator Tom Duane (D-Manhattan). Duane told the News he plans to introduce legislation “within weeks” to legalize same-sex marriage, and will push for a vote before the end of June.

Duane said, “I think everyone is aware that we have to make the lives of New Yorkers better in every way – economically, as well as provide equality to New York families.”

But destroying the definition of marriage as the union of a man and a woman will not make “the lives of New Yorkers better.” All New Yorkers already have equality in that anyone can marry anyone of the opposite sex (barring certain restrictions such as age and close family relation). Same sex “marriage” advocates are asking for special rights; namely the right to marry someone of the same sex.

Senator Duane was the sponsor of a similar 2009 bill shot down in the State Senate by a vote of 38-24. Eight Democrats joined all 30 Republicans in voting against his bill. Four of those Democrat Senators are back, and there are now 32 Republican Senators; so it seems unlikely that such a bill could pass this year. 

Know that New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms stands ready to defend the authentic definition of marriage. By God’s grace (and with your continued help), we will be successful again!

(NOTE:  That Gov Cuomo too is a part of this problem. He has been impressing us all with his fiscally conservative stances, but on social issues – not so much – as he plays to his traditional liberal base. He will give this great speech but then throws in a plug for gay marriage (which we contend, and always will, there’s no such thing except in the un-natural alternate universe), as if thats a priority in the poor state of our State.) 

 

 “I Am Gay” Misuse of State Pay

 

 IAmGayBillboard If you are driving around the Capitol Region, you might see some shocking billboards promoting homosexuality in the black community.

 I spotted my first in Schenectady. It’s a billboard featuring a black parishioner seated in a church pew alongside his pastor. The billboard proudly proclaims, “I Am Gay and This Is Where I Pray.” The billboard I spotted is one of 18 in Schenectady, Albany, Rensselaer and Montgomery counties along with ads on buses and bus shelters.

 Who is the sponsor of the campaign?  A group called “In Our Own Voices” dedicated to promoting the health and welfare of gay, lesbian and transgendered people of color.

 According to the sponsoring organization, the stated goal is to encourage black males to get tested for HIV. They argue that “You have to start from a place of respect in order to address the stigma and homophobia of being a black gay male.” Only then do they believe you can address the problem of rising rates of HIV and AIDS in the black community. There is a problem however; the ad campaign fails to acknowledge the connection between sexually-transmitted diseases and homosexual activity.

 The billboards are putting the stamp of approval on the gay lifestyle – and doing so at taxpayer expense. The ads are paid for through New York Department of Health (DOH) funding. The DOH gave “In Our Voices” a grant of over $50,000 for this rubbish. With tax dollars supporting liberal social causes like this, it’s no wonder New York State is in the mess it’s in.

ACTION ALERT: ABORTION AND PARENTAL RIGHTS RELATED BILL AT HAND

 

 Take Action: Paulin’s Appalling Assault on Parental Rights

ActionAlertA bill referred to as the “Unintended Pregnancy Prevention Act” recently passed the New York State Assembly Health Committee. The bill, A-85, would allow minors to obtain emergency contraception without either a doctor’s prescription or parental consent.

The sponsor of the bill, Assemblywoman Amy Paulin (D-Scarsdale), says, “We need to prevent abortions and unwanted pregnancies. We need to make sure that women under age 18 have the same opportunity as women who are older. Is it better to have become pregnant and have an abortion?  I don’t think it’s better. I think it’s better to prevent it in the first place.” 

But that is the problem. Assemblywoman Paulin argues that this contraception cocktail is not an abortifacient because she doesn’t believe that life begins at conception. Pro-lifers know the drugs do cause abortions because life begins at the very moment of conception. 

Here’s the irony, though. At the same Health Committee meeting, committee members approved a bill that denies minors access to tanning beds because they are harmful to young people’s health, while they also approved this bill that permits abortifacients for minors. Apparently some members of the New York State Assembly believe that tanning beds are bad, but abortifacients are good.

At New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms we think that most parents realize that teenage sex is a great deal more dangerous to their daughters than tanning beds.

Take action! Visit NYCF’s Legislative Action Center.

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Jan 14th, 2011

Legislative members play musical chairs:

The first couple of weeks of the state legislative session might be called “musical chairs,” since the first order of business is to organize committee chairmanships.

There will not be many changes in the Assembly, because Democrats still maintain a clear majority (99 to 50 with one yet-to-be-decided race). It is an altogether different situation in the State Senate though, where Republicans have regained control of the upper chamber.

GOP Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos now has the responsibility of appointing the chairmen of all Senate standing committees (and hence the accompanying financial stipend). Assembly committees can also be viewed online.

One of the most powerful committees is the Senate Finance Committee. The Chair of this committee is now Senator John DeFrancisco (R-Syracuse). New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms (NYCF) works well with Senator DeFrancisco and NYCF believes that DeFrancisco is a great choice for this particular committee. 

Three state senators are pulling double duty chairing two committees.  This is widely believed to be a move allowing Senator Skelos to later award one or more of these  chairmanships to Democrats who indicate they will work with the Republican Majority in the new Senate.

(WE WOULD ADD TO THIS, SOME OTHER GREAT HAPPENINGS OF CONCERN TO OUR LOCAL BASE: SENATOR YOUNG HAS BEEN APPOINTED TO THE FINANCE COMMITTEE, (Young (R,C,I-Olean) has also been appointed to two leadership posts as Chair of the Legislative Commission on Rural Resources, and Chair of Senate Standing Committee on Housing). ASSEMBLY FRESHMAN GOODELL HAS BEEN APPOINTED TO THE SOCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE, AND FOR THOSE FAMILIAR WITH HIS CAMPAIGN, YOU KNOW HE IS A REFORMER AND THIS IS AN AREA THAT SCREAMS FOR REFORM, AND  VETERAN ASSEMBLYMAN GIGLIO HAS BEEN APPOINTED TO THE MEDICAID REFORM COMMITTEE, DITTO.)

 

 Skelos Sends Senate Back to School  

Senate MNYSenateLogoajority Leader Dean Skelos is sending every member of the State Senate and their staffs back to school. Ethics training will be mandated this year.

Skelos noted, “I’m confident we have built a top-notch team in the Senate that will work directly with the members of this body to achieve great things for New York…But it’s also essential that we give those who work in this institution the tools they need to serve the people of New York with honesty and integrity.” 

Senators are not the only ones going back to school, either. Governor Cuomo has made ethics training mandatory for his Executive Office staff; and the Assembly leadership has required staffers to attend similar ethics classes since 1984.

The training will be done by the state Legislative Ethics Committee, and will cover the requirements of the Public Officers Law.

New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms would also humbly suggest they consider the words of our first President, George Washington. Washington said,  “Let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion. Reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.” 

In other words, to have an ethical government, we must remain one nation under God.

 

 Legislative Day 2011 Registration Is Now Open

 

 DavidBartonExcelsior is the New York State motto meaning “ever upward,” but sadly New York has become a state in decline. “Ever upward” is now a more fitting description of the Empire State’s tax situation, than a reference to New York’s leadership in the Union. With population leaving, and moral values retreating, New York needs a reminder of what she once was, and what by God’s grace she can be again.  

New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms invites you to this year’s “Restore New York” Legislative Day event. With speakers like David Barton of Wallbuilders, attendees will be reminded of America’s forgotten history and heroes, with an emphasis on the moral, religious, and constitutional foundation on which America was built. 

The “Restore New York” event is about more than being reminded of who we are, though. It is also an opportunity to speak up regarding the sanctity of human life, the sacredness of marriage and our Divinely-ordained Constitutional Freedoms. 

Come to Albany. Be inspired. Leave a mark to remember.

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