Sandra Lee ‘feels betrayed’ Cuomo took credit for legalizing same-sex marriage


Sandra Lee ‘feels betrayed’ that Cuomo took credit for legalizing same-sex marriage after she claims SHE pressured him into doing it, friend says

  • Cuomo said in his resignation speech: ‘We passed marriage equality, creating a new civil right. Legalized love for the LGBTQ community…’ 
  • The statement didn’t sit well with Cuomo’s ex Sandra Lee, who was in France vacationing with her new boyfriend when the speech aired
  • One of Lee’s friends called Cuomo a ‘jerk’ and said it was ‘crass’ for the governor to take credit for the legislation
  • The friend said Sandra had to ‘keep hounding’ Cuomo to get him to pass the law 

Sandra Lee felt betrayed that her past flame and governor of New York Andrew Cuomo took credit for legalizing same-sex marriage when she pressured him into doing it, according to a friend.

During his resignation speech yesterday, Cuomo, 63, recounted the things he accomplished while governor, including making ‘New York state the progressive capital of the nation’.

He said: ‘We passed marriage equality, creating a new civil right. Legalized love for the LGBTQ community and we generated a force for change that swept the nation.’ 

Lee, 55, may have been vacationing in France with her new boyfriend Ben Youcef when the speech aired but she was still offended by her ex’s claims.  

Sandra Lee, 55, felt betrayed that her past flame and governor of New York Andrew Cuomo, 63, took credit for legalizing same-sex marriage when she pressured him into doing it, according to a friend

While Cuomo 'deeply, deeply' apologized to the 11 accusers he 'offended' in a video he tweeted denying sexual harassment claims, he has yet to say sorry to Lee for his 'appalling treatment' during their 14-year relationship, friends said

While Cuomo ‘deeply, deeply’ apologized to the 11 accusers he ‘offended’ in a video he tweeted denying sexual harassment claims, he has yet to say sorry to Lee for his ‘appalling treatment’ during their 14-year relationship, friends said

One of Lee’s friends told the New York Post: ‘Sandra was the one to fight for same-sex marriage and she had to keep hounding Andrew to do it.’

‘It was all Sandra and for Andrew to take credit is so crass. What a jerk,’ she added.

The day after Cuomo signed the legislation to pass same-sex marriage on June 24, 2011, a New York Times article reported that Cuomo waited until 2006 to endorse the law, ‘years after many leading New York political leaders did so’.

They noted that the ‘pressure did not let up at home,’ where Cuomo lived with then-girlfriend Lee – who had an openly gay brother – in her Mount Kisco home.

One of Lee's friends told the New York Post : 'Sandra was the one to fight for same-sex marriage and she had to keep hounding Andrew to do it'

Cuomo's statement didn't sit well with Lee, who was in France vacationing with her new boyfriend Ben Youcef (right) when Cuomo's speech aired

Cuomo’s statement didn’t sit well with Lee, who was in France vacationing with her new boyfriend Ben Youcef when Cuomo’s speech aired. One of Lee’s friends told the New York Post : ‘Sandra was the one to fight for same-sex marriage and she had to keep hounding Andrew to do it’

‘She frequently reminded the governor how much she wanted the law to change,’ The Times said.  

Earlier this week Cuomo tweeted a video denying sexual harassment allegations. He said he was ‘deeply, deeply sorry’ to the 11 accusers he ‘truly offended’. 

‘I thought I was being nice,’ he added.

During his resignation speech yesterday, Cuomo recounted the things he accomplished while governor, including 'passing marriage equality, creating a new civil right'

During his resignation speech yesterday, Cuomo recounted the things he accomplished while governor, including ‘passing marriage equality, creating a new civil right’

While Cuomo has not commented, friends of the former Food Network star said it was ‘appalling’ how he treated Lee, as reported by the NY Post.

Another friend said: ‘Sandra is the only person who Andrew didn’t say sorry to – or thank for that matter.’ 

They also claimed Lee ‘helped put him in the governor’s chair’ and ‘he has cut her out’.

‘What he truly did is diminish the secret elements of a relationship which were so demeaning – a committed relationship is no joke,’ the source added. 

Back in 2018 the Supreme Court upheld a Colorado baker’s right to refuse to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple on the basis of religious freedom in a 7-2 decision.

The TV chef took to Facebook to let people know she would help any LGBTQ person looking for a wedding cake if they are refused service.

Lee said in the post:  ‘I do not believe that it is right to discriminate against anyone. I believe love is love. 

‘Therefore if a same-sex couple has been turned down by the bakery of their choice, I will find a baker who appreciates your commitment and loves you for who you are. Love, Aunt Sandy.’

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