Congregations, employers, and individuals who are paying dues that might be used to support someone's dependent may formally object to same-gender spouses of Benefits Plan members receiving coverage.
The 219th General Assembly (2010) urged the Board of Pensions to make benefits available to same-gender spouses of plan members and the spouses' children. The 219th General Assembly also asked the Board to provide relief of conscience to those for whom this posed a moral dilemma. The statement of objection approach came out of an extensive review of options.
To record an objection, a session or an employer's governing body (e.g., Board of Directors) must approve a formal resolution. A copy of the resolution, signed by the Clerk of Session and Moderator or by an authorized representative of an employer's governing body, along with any supporting documentation (e.g., meeting minutes), is then mailed to:
The Board of Pensions of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
2000 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103-3298