San Diego CityBeat has confirmed that Doug Manchester, the local hotelier and same-sex marriage opponent, is divorcing his wife of 43 years, Elizabeth.

Most divorces aren’t newsworthy. But Manchester was a key financial backer of Proposition 8 and has repeatedly touted his Catholic faith as guiding him in his belief in marriage being between a man and woman.

He moved out of their La Jolla home in October, CityBeat now says.

I caught wind of that and asked Manchester about it in February, before divorce papers were filed in court.

Our conversation was short. He said this:

Jesus. I don’t know what business it is of anybody’s. We’re not getting divorced. I deny those rumors.

ROB DAVIS

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