Once again the South Bend Common Council has voted down an amended human rights ordinance that would expand protections to cover sexual orientation. The ordinance has been brought before the council two other times and has failed each time.
Indiana Equality has been getting thousands of dollars from the Tides Foundation to supposedly support these smaller city-based human rights ordinances in the state. Unfortunately, every one they've worked on has failed dramatically except for the addition of gender identity protections in Lafayette. The bulk of the work there was done by a group that is part of the IE coalition.
Most of the activists IE has worked with have complained that the group is sending incompetent people to work on the issues who can't answer simple questions raised by the local politicians. The South Bend organizers have been pushing Indiana Equality out of the way since the first attempt to pass the ordinance and roundly blamed the org for the failure of the proposal in earlier attempts.
Indiana Equality also opposed ENDA even though they are taking in big bucks to pass similar localized legislation and was roundly condemned by most national organizations for their stance. IE also recently chose to support the Indianapolis bakery that refused to sell cupcakes to a gay college group and said upset Hoosier gays were "over reacting" and compared the LGBT community to the Aryan Nation.
Hey, with friends like that who needs fundies?