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Ironic Divorce and Selective Faith

The man who donated the original money to put the proposition that banned same-sex marriage on the ballot in California is now involved in a very messy divorce to his wife of 43 years.

At the time he donated the money ($125,000) to gather the signatures for Proposition 8, Doug Manchester said “my Catholic faith and longtime affiliation with the Catholic Church leads me to believe that marriage should be between a man and a woman”. Of course, not only is the Catholic Church against gay marriage, they are also strongly opposed to divorce.

But that hasn’t stopped Manchester from pulling money (over $9 million) out of joint bank accounts he shares with his estranged wife, stealing private mail addressed to her, hiding financial assets, possibly forging her name to an $8 million tax refund check from the IRS, and other shenanigans designed to screw his wife and kids. According to petitions filed with the court, his wife alleges that he is “dragging his feet on paying my expenses, refusing to pay certain expenses until I accepted his demands regarding our property division. I believe Doug did this to squeeze me financially. … Respondent was attempting to compel me to settle on his terms by impeding my access to funds for living expenses” (which total $131,625 a month).

Why is it that social conservatives seem to think that all their religious rules apply only to other people?