A U.S. federal judge delivered a major victory to a faith-based adoption agency last week by permanently blocking the state of New York from closing the provider due to its Christian beliefs.
At issue was New Hope Family Services, a Christian-based adoption and foster care agency that operates from a biblical framework and only places children in the homes of families with a married mother and father.
The agency’s future was threatened when the New York Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) told New Hope it must place children in same-sex homes in order to comply with state law prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation. If New Hope failed to do so, OCFS threatened, it would “be required to submit a close-out plan for the adoption program.”
New Hope then sued, alleging the state violated its First Amendment rights.
Last week, U.S. District Judge Mae D’Agostino issued a permanent injunction prohibiting the state from closing New Hope or…