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NY Governor’s Live-In Girlfriend Denounces Supreme Court “Gay Cake” Decision

Sandra Lee, Food Network star and live-in girlfriend of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo used to social media to declare her displeasure with the 7-2 Supreme Court ruling on the controversial Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission decision.

Her support for same-sex marriage is curious since she’s not married to the man she’s living with. I’ve always said that liberal support for same-sex sexuality is used to justify other immoral and socially denigrating sexual relationships.

If Sandra Lee can live with the governor of New York, then why can’t other young women do it? It follows that out-of-wedlock births are a natural consequence of such an arrangement. Where’s the morality of the man who fathered the baby to marry the woman he got pregnant? Who says he must stick around? Marriage is a social convention, not a moral one.

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If it’s OK for men to engage in sex with other men – married or not – then it’s OK for a man and woman to live together without being married or for a man to impregnate a woman and goes his own way. It’s what Patrick Moynihan (1927-2003), a Democratic, who represented New York in the United States Senate, described as “defining deviancy down.”

Robert Bork explained the phenomenon:

Emile Durkheim, a founder of sociology, posited that there is a limit to the amount of deviant behavior any community can “afford to recognize.” As behavior worsens, the community adjusts its standards so that conduct once thought reprehensible is no longer deemed so.”1

Sandra Lee can get away with the arrangement because she and her live-in boyfriend, the governor of New York, are rich. Their immorality is masked by their wealth and the acceptance of the majority of voters in New York. Let’s not forget that Cuomo and Lee are divorced and support abortion. Cuomo claims he’s a practicing Catholic.

In receiving communion at a Mass offered by the Roman Catholic bishop of Albany, NY, that state’s governor, Andrew Cuomo, who supports abortion, gay marriage, and lives with his girlfriend, committed an “objectively sacrilegious” act that “produces grave scandal,” according to Dr. Edward Peters, a top expert in Catholic Church law and a consultant to the highest court at the Vatican.

Peters specifically cited Cuomo’s cohabiting with Food Network hostess Sandra Lee as “publicly acting in violation of a fundamental moral expectation of the Church,” and that “as long as he persists in such conduct, he should refrain from taking Holy Communion” and “if he approaches for Holy Communion, he should be denied the august sacrament in accord with Canon 915.” (CNS News)

At the same time, these same moral misfits are defining their own brand of moral deviancy up. What was considered morally normal thirty years ago — two-people of the opposite sex married and living together — is now

portrayed as oppressive and shot through with pathologies, “As part of the vast social project of moral leveling,” [Charles] Krauthammer wrote, “it is not enough for the deviant to be normalized. The normal must be found to be deviant.” This situation is thoroughly perverse. Underclass values become increasingly acceptable to the middle class, especially their young, and middle-class values become increasingly contemptible to the cultural elites.2

Sandra Lee attempts to justify her support for same-sex marriage by claiming that it isn’t “right to discriminate against anyone. I believe love is love.”

Of course, she has to say this. She’s living with a man who’s not her husband. It’s all about “love.”

Let’s ask Sandra Lee if she would make a cake for a man and woman who love each other and want to get married in a KKK-themed wedding. How about a couple who love each other and want to get married in a Nazi-themed wedding? What about a Confederate-themed wedding with a cake decorated with symbols of the Confederacy?

Would she get the governor to pass a law mandating that all bakeries make these types of cakes?

If she believes “love is love,” she would have to agree that these types of cakes should be made no matter the private opinions or beliefs of the bakers. She might even go out of her way and find a black-owned and Jewish-owned bakery to show how committed she is to her “love is love” position and force them to “bake the cake or else.”

You and I know that Sandra Lee would never make any of these cakes, and she would not pressure any bakery to make these cakes, and neither would actor Andrew Garfield (Social Network, Spider-Man, and Angels in America) even though he writes, “Let’s just bake a cake for everyone who wants a cake to be baked.” Andrew, it’s not the cake, it’s the message on the cake.

Should someone opposing same-sex marriage be forced to make this cake? Should a baker who supports same-sex marriage be forced to make a cake that said, “Vote Against Gay Marriage”?

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Brandon Morse of Red State writes:

Maybe Garfield thinks he’s being a good guy, but what he’s advocating for is effectively tyranny. Forcing someone to do something against their will, especially using that person’s private business or hobby, isn’t fairness. That’s slavery.

Should Garfield be forced to star in an ad that encourages voters to oppose same-sex marriage? Of course not.

Sandra Lee would not want to be forced to make these types of cakes, and no one else should be forced. That’s the issue. In fact, the Colorado Civil Rights Organization understands the principle but, like Sandra Lee, decided to apply it unequally, as Robert George and Sherif Girgis point out in a New York Times opinion article:

Three times the state has declined to force pro-gay bakers to provide a Christian patron with a cake they could not in conscience create given their own convictions on sexuality and marriage. Colorado was right to recognize their First Amendment right against compelled speech. It’s wrong to deny Jack Phillips that same right.

Bakers make decisions not to bake certain cakes based on a cake’s message all the time. If you don’t like the decision a baker makes about your cake, go somewhere else. I’m sure Sandra Lee will help you find a baker. You can reach her at the Governor’s Mansion in Albany, New York. Your request will be forwarded to one of the two homes she and Gov. Cuomo share in Chappaqua and Poughkeepsie.

  1. Robert H. Bork, Slouching Towards Gomorrah: Modern Liberalism and American Decline (New York: Regan Books, 1996), 3. []
  2. Bork, Slouching Towards Gomorrah, 3-4. []
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