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Manchester Will Pay Gay Groups To End Boycott

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He donated money to help ban same sex marriage in California. But when Douglas Manchester's donation became public, gay rights groups started a boycott targeting his three hotels. Now Manchester is throwing serious money to gay and lesbian causes.

It is a long running boycott which began when Manchester Grand Hyatt owner Douglas Manchester donated $125,000 to the 'Yes on 8' campaign.

Since then members of the San Diego Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community have launched a public and online boycott of Manchester and the hotel he owns.

"I think he's going to have a hard time finding recipients to buy his way out of this boycott," said Fred Karger, the founder of Californians Against Hate.

Karger has been instrumental in the boycott. He was in Toronto for the International Gay Lesbian Travel Association conference where Kelly Commerford, Marketing Director for the Manchester Grand Hyatt, made an announcement to ease the pressure from the boycott.

"Which said he was going to give $25,000 to Gay Civil rights organization or organizations," explained Karger.

There was also the mention of a $100,000 donation in kind, which Ron DeHarte takes as free hotel perks that don't measure up.

"We have no reason to sit down at the table and talk about anything to do with comp hotel rooms, we have no need for that it's just an empty gesture," said Ron DeHarte who is with San Diego Pride.

Manchester's Public Relations Representative in Los Angeles tells News 8 that in the next few weeks dialogue will begin with these groups that have boycotted the Hyatt and that this is only the first step of many to try and resolve this situation and move forward.

In the meantime, Karger says the boycott will continue.

"If Mr. Manchester is serious about his change of heart on this issue that he will contact us or his representatives will that we can meet with him," added Karger.

"One of these days the phone will ring and we will be happy to sit down and talk...and hear how he's changed, does he feel he made the wrong decision has he changed his views," continued DeHarte.

Douglas Manchester has stated all along that he has no issue with the gay and lesbian community, just about same sex marriage.

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