Wednesday, August 12, 2009

(Illegal) gay marriage claims another (legal) heterosexual marriage

Posted By on Wed, Aug 12, 2009 at 10:21 PM

San Diego CityBeat has an interesting story about one of the leaders and major contributors to last year's anti-gay marriage initiative in California. Three guesses as to where this is going ...

In July 2008, hotelier and developer Doug Manchester donated $125,000 to help gather signatures for a proposition that would ban same-sex marriage in California. The early money was crucial to getting the initiative — which ultimately passed — on the ballot. At the time, he told The New York Times that he made the donation because of “my Catholic faith and longtime affiliation with the Catholic Church,” which preferred that marriage remain between a man and a woman. Indeed, the Catholic Church has vehemently opposed gay marriage. Then again, it’s also not too keen on divorce.

On Oct. 9, 2008, Manchester ended 43 years, eight months and nine days of marriage to Elizabeth Manchester by moving out of their La Jolla abode. The couple spent the next several months trying to reach a quiet settlement on how best to distribute millions of dollars in cash and other assets ....

The court records say Doug pushed very hard for a speedy divorce agreement after he moved out, but Elizabeth would have none of it....

There's lots more in the story (including Mrs. Manchester's detailing of her monthly expenses, which total a modest $131,625; apparently she spends $20,000 a month on clothes alone). The movement that was the beneficiary of Manchester's largesse? Protect Marriage.

Another woman? A guy? Or just a case of that old 43-Year-Itch?

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