Oops: Franklin Graham moves bank accounts from gay-friendly bank to one that sponsors gay pride events
Evangelist Franklin Graham has found a new bank to handle his organization’s financial needs after pulling his money out and calling for a boycott of Wells Fargo Bank because he felt they were promoting a “godless lifestyle” by using gay couples in their ads.
Unfortunately for Graham, his new bank is a major sponsor of the Miami Beach Gay Pride Parade as well as sponsoring a “Legacy Couples” program that celebrates committed relationships between same-sex couples.
As Right Wing Watch reports, Graham went on a radio show sponsored by the Family Research Council and told host Craig James that he was moving his accounts to North Carolina-based BB&T.
Saying he only wants a bank that tells him what interest rates they will pay and what his service charges will be, Graham said he thinks banks should stick to banking.
“At Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, we’re closing our accounts at Wells Fargo and moving it to another bank here in North Carolina, BB&T that is a good bank, and we’ve done business with for many years and it’s just a good solid bank,”Graham said before giving the bank an additional boost, saying his organization will save about $100,000 in service charges by leaving Wells Fargo.
However, as Right Wing Watch notes, Graham may be less familiar with BB&T’s marketing practices than he is with the Book of Genesis.
“For more than 140 years, BB&T has supported the goals of our clients, friends and neighbors by sharing financial knowledge and guidance,” said Arthur Costa, BB&T Regional Multicultural Markets Officer. “We also support the individuals and organizations that broaden our perspectives and strengthen the diverse fabric of our communities. That’s why BB&T is proud to be a part of this day of pride and celebration of the 2015 Legacy Couples.”