- The Washington Times - Tuesday, November 5, 2019

A federal appeals court has ruled that a Christian adoption agency in New York cannot admit any new prospective parents while its legal standoff with the state continues.

In a temporary injunction Monday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit also ruled that New Hope Family Services can stay open and does not need to show evidence that it complies with a state law barring discrimination against same-sex couples.

A final decision is pending.

Attorneys for New Hope touted the ruling as a win in a press release on Tuesday.

“We hope the court will permanently uphold New Hope’s ability to serve children and families according to the very beliefs that motivate its valuable services,” said Roger C. Brooks, an attorney with Alliance Defending Freedom.

New Hope had sued New York’s Office of Children and Family Services, saying its First Amendment rights would be violated by any state action to withhold a license from the adoption agency because it refuses, on religious grounds, to certify same-sex or unmarried co-habitating couples for adoptions.

The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York previously had dismissed New Hope’s lawsuit.

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