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'Traditional Marriage' and Prop 8 Defender Doug Manchester Divorcing

Doug Manchester, owner of the San Diego Grand Hyatt, defender of "traditional marriage", and Proposition 8 supporter, is in the middle of a contentious divorce with his wife of 43 years:

Manchester "On July 25, Doug ran out of patience. He sent an 'angry e-mail' to Elizabeth that said he 'wish[es] to pursue all rights to protect all of [his] separate property and wish[es] also to litigate vigorously any and all spousal support.' (Brackets quoted from the petition). That day, Doug wired $100,000 out of the ac-count the couple shared, leaving a $17,000 balance. Elizabeth argues in her petition that the account balance will be negative when outstanding checks come due. She also learned that day that Doug had spent the previous six months taking $9.3 million out of their joint bank accounts and putting it into his separate account. Elizabeth writes that she believes all of these tactics—the mail, the financial restrictions, submitting bills to Doug’s office—are attempts to 'squeeze' her. 'Respondent was attempting to compel me to settle on his terms by impeding my access to funds for living expenses,' she writes in her petition."

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  1. My ass is more sanctified than heterosexual marriage.

    Posted by: woodroad34 | Aug 13, 2009 11:19:56 AM

  2. Ahhhh the sanctity of marriage.

    Posted by: sd619guy | Aug 13, 2009 11:21:51 AM

  3. He spent the day moving 9.3 mil? What a coincedence! And just the other day I was I late for work because I had to recount the two million cash that I keep in a shoebox in the linen closet next to the gift wrapping room.

    Posted by: Beef and Fur | Aug 13, 2009 11:24:46 AM

  4. Ah... it sounds like they're going to go through a really nasty divorce. Sweet! Couldn't happen to bigger homophobic douchebag.

    Posted by: David in Houston | Aug 13, 2009 11:26:31 AM

  5. BREAKING NEWS: Doug Manchester and his partner move into San Fran's gay district. plan to wed next fall :P

    Posted by: anon | Aug 13, 2009 11:40:36 AM

  6. Typical good, right wing, christian type.

    Posted by: jeffg166 | Aug 13, 2009 11:57:05 AM

  7. Now is the time for him to consider a written thank you from him to all gay Californians, since even though he is a homphobic and selfish asshole, we still permit him access to our divorce laws and our divorce courts to undo his marriage. I wonder how he would feel if that right were suddenly taken away from him.

    Posted by: Patrick | Aug 13, 2009 12:07:01 PM

  8. Beef and Fur,
    Sorry to be nit-picky but if you had correctly read the article is said he spent the previous six months taking $9.3 million out of their joint bank accounts, not over the course of one day.

    Posted by: Coco | Aug 13, 2009 12:09:38 PM

  9. Patrick's right. If you can't beat 'em, join 'em. Start advocating heavily for protecting traditional marriage by outlawing divorce.

    What a douchebag.

    Posted by: The Milkman | Aug 13, 2009 12:17:56 PM

  10. As if just withdrawing it from their joint accounts makes it his. Is he really that stupid? (And she didn't notice this?)

    Posted by: Gianpiero | Aug 13, 2009 12:18:50 PM

  11. i thought that California had some of the strictest divorce laws in the country? isn't it supposed to be a 50/50 split in assets there?

    does anyone know the cause of the split? i mean, 43 years is no small feat in marriage longevity, especially since the U.S. average marriage length is 8 years.

    Posted by: mike/ | Aug 13, 2009 12:23:43 PM

  12. She will certainly get more than 17K after the divorce is settled. Lots of lawyers will 'vigorously debate' for her to get access to that booty after the dust has settled.

    Posted by: Nathan | Aug 13, 2009 12:24:51 PM

  13. It is well known to "Papa Doug's" close friends this man has several addictions, not the least of which is sexual. This should be a fun divorce to watch when the skeletons all come out of this asshole's closet.

    Posted by: Zephyr | Aug 13, 2009 12:39:40 PM

  14. Mike, I have a strong suspicion Manchester's new executive assistant is hot. But that's me guessing at what would take a 43-year marriage and send it that far down the shit chute. As someone who's kept a relationship going for 23 years now, it'd take more than a roving eye for me to do what they're doing.

    Posted by: Lysana | Aug 13, 2009 12:44:00 PM

  15. Well, that is very traditional. A traditionally chauvinistic hypocritical asshole.

    Posted by: jakeinlove | Aug 13, 2009 1:00:12 PM

  16. Break-ups suck and I don't wish them on anyone, even people I don't know. HOWEVER, perhaps a little dose of relationship reality will help to humanize what sounds like a very troubled and jaded human. Compassion and karma my freind, makes the world go around. Is there really anything anyone could do to you after a 43 year relationship that would create such hatred for the ex? If such treatment is an example of your religion, I am glad to stay an atheist. Relationships with other humans come and go, be civil and fair.

    Posted by: David | Aug 13, 2009 1:02:04 PM

  17. 7 million loss from the boycott and now a nasty divorce? Hmmm Karma's a bitch. Since he such a defender of traditonal marriage and catholic, how come he is getting a divorce? Can't he go to a priest and get counciling? Hmmm Hypocrite?

    Posted by: DairyQueen | Aug 13, 2009 1:06:32 PM

  18. It's always fun to watch the "sanctity of marriage" crowd go down in flames.

    Posted by: mikeyj | Aug 13, 2009 1:48:34 PM

  19. Uh, hypocrite much? Methinks Equality California should start a drive to ban divorce, that should wake a few folks up.

    Posted by: Derek Washington | Aug 13, 2009 1:53:39 PM

  20. AHHHHH...Traditional Marriage.
    What a wonderful institution.

    Posted by: jameski | Aug 13, 2009 2:28:23 PM

  21. I wonder how long it'll be before he marries a trophy wife half his age.

    Posted by: PDQ2 | Aug 13, 2009 3:03:45 PM

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