UPDATE: Palm Springs Theater Owner Renounces Her Own Donations To Anti-Gay Politicians And Causes

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Well, that didn’t take very long. Just a few days after everyone freaked out that the owner of a local Palm Springs theater had been donating to super-anti-gay Republicans, she’s done a complete about-face.

“I have decided that I will no longer contribute to any political entity that does not embrace equal rights for all Americans,” Rozene Supple blogged today.


In her post, Supple comes off as a bit of a Dorothy Zbornak: Firm, principled, opinionated, stubborn perhaps to a fault, but always with the best of intentions.

She explains that as the owner of a local media empire, she favors the sort of de-regulation that Republicans tend to espouse. But, she adds, “I am not a fan of either the tea party or the religious right, and that I have been struggling for quite a while with the fact that my efforts to support fiscal responsibility in government have been clouded by these other issues.”

So it’s now safe to go back to your Camelot Theater, gays! Everybody wins! Well, everybody except Michelle Bachman, who’ll be getting a little bit less cash from Palm Springs.

Supple also points out past donations that she and her husband have made: the Desert AIDS Project, the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, and Equality California. And while that information comes off sounding like “some of my best friends are homosexuals,” she donated that money because she wanted to, not because she was forced to or out of a business calculation.

Also, before we let her off the hook entirely, it’s probably worth pointing out that Michelle Bachman and Allen West are not simply advocates for “small government and less regulation.” They are waaaaaaay out of the mainstream. It’s delightful that Supple is finally turning her back on them, but good grief, why did it take this long? And why wasn’t she supporting one of the many pro-deregulation Democrats?

So, what have we leaned other than the fact that Supple is not the most consistent political thinker around? Once in a while — and we do mean a very long, long while — good dialogue can actually end in everyone feeling better about everything. (Except for the homophobes.)