Prominent evangelist Franklin Graham is so unhappy with San Francisco-based Wells Fargo for an ad featuring a lesbian couple that he’s switching his church’s account to another less friendly-LGBT bank, or so he thought.
The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association president and CEO said he’s moving the church’s bank account from Wells Fargo to North Carolina-based bank BB&T — a bank that scored an 80 percent in the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index and is this year’s sponsor of the Miami Beach Gay Pride Parade.
“We also support the individuals and organizations that broaden our perspectives and strengthen the diverse fabric of our communities,” BB&T Regional Multicultural Markets Officer Arthur Costa told the Miami Herald. “That’s why BB&T is proud to be a part of this day of pride and celebration of the 2015 Legacy Couples.”
But it appears Graham didn’t get the memo before switching to BB&T and calling for Christians everywhere to boycott Wells Fargo in a Facebook post over the weekend.
“Let’s just stop doing business with those who promote sin and stand against Almighty God’s laws and His standards,” he wrote.
Graham is referring to this Wells Fargo national campaign titled “Why I Work” which features a lesbian couple making plans to adopt a deaf girl:
In a statement to CBS San Francisco, Graham said:
“The decision to move the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association’s banking business away from Wells Fargo is based on the bank using corporate advertising to promote lifestyles that are counter to what God’s Word teaches. This is not about a business being gay friendly, it’s about whether the business is using stockholder’s money to promote a lifestyle that is not biblical.”
Graham is also suggesting a boycott of other gay-friendly companies such as Tiffany & Co. and Starbucks.