New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo, D, issued a ban on all non-essential state-sponsored travel to Indiana Tuesday in what he says is a stand in solidarity with gay rights advocates opposing the state's Religious Freedom Restoration Act signed into law by Republican Governor Mike Pence last week.
"Today, I direct all agencies, departments, boards and commissions to immediately review all requests for state funded or state sponsored travel to the State of Indiana and to bar any such publicly funded travel that is not essential to the enforcement of state law or public health and safety. The ban on publicly funded travel shall take effect immediately," said Cuomo in a statement Tuesday.
"New York State has been, and will continue to be, a leader in ensuring that all LGBT persons enjoy full and equal civil rights. With this action, we stand by our LGBT family members, friends and colleagues to ensure that their rights are respected," added Cuomo. more >>
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has announced that he will allow churches to use public schools for worship space following the U.S. Supreme Court's refusal to take up an appeal on the matter.
De Blasio will seek to revamp rules that presently bar congregations, such as the Bronx Household of Faith, from using public school buildings on weekends for worship.
Wiley Norvell, spokesperson for de Blasio, said in a statement that the effort was being made now that Bronx Household of Faith's legal effort has failed. more >>
NEW YORK — Bill O'Reilly, host of the Fox News program "The O'Reilly Factor," spoke briefly at the premiere of the new National Geographic mini-series "Killing Jesus," which is based on his best-selling book, and talked about his controversial decision to cast a Muslim actor for role of Jesus in the film.
During his speech, which took place before the series was shown to the audience in its entirety, O'Reilly explained his decision to cast young Muslim actor Haaz Sleiman for the role of Jesus.
He admitted to being concerned about some of the backlash that might come, but said Sleiman "was the best person for the job" and that because of this "Jesus would hire him." more >>
The New York State Assembly voted a resounding 94-49 Wednesday to approve a bill that would allow third trimester abortions using procedures such as a shot of poison to the baby's heart by medical professionals who won't necessarily be doctors.
Protections relating to human trafficking, domestic violence, and sexual harassment in the Women's Equality Act had been stymied by abortion advocates pushing the expansion of third-trimester abortions. more >>
A recently released undercover investigative video purports to show a dean at Cornell University telling a prospective Moroccan student that the school would welcome student groups to invite ISIS fighters to conduct training camps for students on campus, but the school has since decried the video as misleading.
Project Veritas, an investigative nonprofit firm that claims to expose corruption, released a video on Tuesday where one of its reporters disguised himself as a student from Morocco looking to start a "humanitarian group." The undercover reporter went to visit with Cornell's assistant dean for students, Joseph Scaffido, in his office to ask him questions that he has about starting up a student group on campus.
After the reporter introduces himself, he then asks about what types of student group activities Cornell allows and doesn't allow on its campus. more >>
A small congregation in New York has voted unanimously to leave Presbyterian Church (USA) following the mainline denomination's recent vote to approve gay marriage.
Brighton Presbyterian Church, a 200-year-old congregation in Rochester, voted Sunday to seek dismissal from its PCUSA regional body, the Presbytery of Genesee Valley.
The vote to disaffiliate came not long after a majority of presbyteries in PCUSA approved an amendment to their Book of Order defining marriage to include same-sex couples. more >>