Christian adoption agency in NY receives temporary protection from court

A district court this week issued a temporary injunction protecting a faith-based adoption provider from being shut down by the state of New York for its policy of only placing children with a married mother and father.

U.S. District Court Judge Mae D’Agostino granted the injunction Monday, saying the state had shown evidence of hostility toward the adoption agency’s religious beliefs.

The injunction will allow the adoption agency to continue operating while the case is decided in court.

New Hope Family Services, based in Syracuse, New York, has placed more than 1,000 children for adoption in the last 50 years.

In 2013, a new state regulation barred discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity against applicants for adoption services…

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