A federal court judge ruled that a New York-based Christian adoption agency cannot be forced to close due to its policy of only placing children with married heterosexual couples.
U.S. District Court Judge Mae D’Agostino issued the preliminary injunction against the New York Office of Children and Family Services’ enforcement of its discriminatory policy. The judge stated that the state’s behavior “demonstrates some animosity towards particular religious beliefs” against the adoption agency, New Hope Family Services.
Since 1965, New Hope Family Services has placed children in homes with a married mother and father. As a Christian non-profit that receives no public funding, New Hope does not place children for adoption with same-sex couples or unmarried opposite-sex couples. Instead, they refer them to one of the other approximately 130 adoption providers in New York—the vast majority of which will place children with any individual who qualifies. Currently, there are more than 25,000 children in the foster care system in New York alone.