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Court: Upstate NY adoption agency can't reject same-sex couples

May 16, 2019 - 6:02 pm

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- A federal court says New York officials weren't infringing on a Christian adoption agency's religious freedom by requiring it to serve same-sex couples.

A lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Albany in December sought to stop the state Office of Children and Family Services from shutting down New Hope Family Services in Syracuse because of its ``discriminatory'' policy regarding child placements.

In dismissing the lawsuit Thursday, the court said it found no anti-religious bias in the state's nondiscrimination policies.

Alliance Defending Freedom, a Christian legal organization representing New Hope, said an appeal is likely. It said New Hope has had no formal complaints from prospective parents.

The state agency said it's reviewing the court decision and will determine what action is appropriate.