BikeMonkey Guest PostThe San Diego CityBeat has a fascinating article posted about one of the early supporters of California's Prop 8 which was passed by the voters last November to prevent gays from marrying in California.
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.
Those familiar with the immutable laws of being a loud, braying social conservative will anticipate the latest news.
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. In July, those talks totally broke down, and Doug started playing financial hardball with Elizabeth, allegedly draining the couple's shared accounts and stealing her mail. On Aug. 6, Elizabeth filed a petition for redress in family court. All of the information in this story comes from those petitions.
The article then goes on to detail a serious of allegations which suggest ol' Dougie played nasty hardball to keep tens to hundreds of thousand \( (out of the couples' apparent multi-million \) in wealth) away from his spouse as the divorce proceeded.
Real upstanding supporter of marriage and family, this guy.
As always, this is not just about personal schadenfreude. It is to illustrate the fundamental hypocrisy that underlies the arguments of the social conservatives in support of their position. There is no merit there. None. They have no belief in sanctity of marriage themselves. No commitment to strong families, no willingness to make a life promise, no sacrifice of personal whim or fortune for the institution of the nuclear family. This is obvious.
They just don't like gay people. Why don't they just admit it and be honest about their political posturing? The we can point and laugh, kick their antediluvian sentiments to the curb and move on.