New Hope Family Services in Syracuse filed suit against New York, claiming the state discriminated against them for their Christian beliefs. New Hope Family Services is a Christian organization receiving no government funding. New Hope helps women, many of whom had considered abortion, to instead place their children for adoption within homes defined by the biblical standard of monogamous male/female marriage. The state required New Hope to either violate their deeply held religious convictions by placing children with same-sex couples or shutter their services. Rather than cave to the secular beliefs of New York, they courageously filed a lawsuit claiming the state violated their First Amendment rights. The case was dismissed. But New Hope appealed to the Federal 2nd Circuit Court. On July 21, a victory was secured for New Hope and believers everywhere.