Sadly, I was personally involved in the Conf. mtg public debate and some of the backroom negotiations. Pardon me for naming few names.
There was no "study" preceding the vote. Nor was there any willingness to begin a Conf. level study process. We could have referred it to a study committee or simply not approved the resolution on the table. The advocates insisted on an "up or down" vote to the private frustration of many in leadership. Pleas to commit the Conf. to a ONA study process per GS's 1985 Resolution fell on deaf ears.
The proponents could not name any instance where GLBT persons had been discriminated against, insulted, bullied, excluded, or treated poorly by the Oh Conf, its officers, staff or by any committee, commission, task force or subcommittee. Thus, no one could give any examples of who had been harmed by the current policies which were simply silent.
Nor could anyone show any current policies which were intentionally excluding of GLBT persons in any way and needed to be changed.
We were assured, however, by the proponents, that 10% of the members of every city, town, village and congregation were G or L and this vote would send a clear message that would help untold numbers of silent sufferers.
Thus, I felt pretty bad for the GLBT folks who showed up at the mtg in 2007 complaining that this "ONA Conf" was not helping them. Nor could the Nat'l GLBT Coalition offer much help when churches who had become "ONA" began falling off the wagon, so to speak. So what I witnessed was Gay, Lesbian & Trans-gendered clergy detailing their problems with folks who claimed to be "ONA". The group was honest about parts of Ohio & elsewhere not likely to be receptive to GLBT clergy but none reported any abuse either.
If there had been examples of the Conf. marginalizing LGBT persons merely because they were LGBT, a bunch of us "ECOT" types were willing to pitch in supportively. There were no examples given. No anti-gay sermons anywhere. No fundementalist rantings against "those despicable ************ of humanity. Ordination is an Assn. matter in Oh and not a Conf. issue. But no one ever claimed they had been denied ordination because of their orientation.
Of course, the Conf. has no power over any local church which might be marginalizing someone unjustly. The Assn could easily discipline or expel any church found to be repeatedly unjust in its policies and actions. Although I witnessed lots of racial prejudice and racist attitudes by lay leaders in numerous churches around Dayton, not one was ever called on the carpet, to my knowledge.
Up until then, the Oh chapter of BWF had worked very closely with the Oh Conf. keeping staff in the loop about our concerns, programs and plans. For several years, I managed to have our BWF mtgs at the Conf. office with a staff member scheduled to share their faith journey with us and stay for the whole meeting. We were determined to do everything out in the open. If we were going overboard in any direction, we wanted Oh Conf staff to be the 1st ones to know. Thus, if we were spewing out hate and venom towards our "enemies", an outsider who did not share our views was always present to challenge us.
After THE VOTE, contributions collapsed and our chapter folded within 2-3 years as 40-50 churches felt their theology and view of scripture had been rejected not merely on the GLBT issues but across the board.
But the author of the Conf. resolution knew what she wanted & knew how to work the parliamentary procedure rather adroitly. I sparred with her more than once at Conf. microphones. She knew Robert's Rules better than I & I still admire her political skills at that level. I think I was always on the losing side with her. I enjoyed debriefing with her after one meeting helping load up her group's display materials into her car. Disagreements aside, I respected her passion and determination for those she represented. IOW, she taught me a lot and I hold no grudges beyond the irreparable damage to our Conf. But, I don't fault her advocacy, efforts or tactics one bit. Rather, the COnf & Assoc. ministers failed to speak a pastoral word to the delegates as there were strained emotions and much tension in the hall.
I served with a gay layman from near Piqua for about 6 years. He came out to me privately. I was honored by his trust. He never reported being treated badly in any setting of the Conference. Even as a college student, I would have stood up for him had he reported being victimized.
Well, that's probably more background that you wanted to know. I could go on, of course. Then, in the basement are my files and minutes of all of those incredibly important meetings I attended.