A recent Wells Fargo LGBT ad campaign featuring a lesbian couple has led Christian Evangelist Franklin Graham to close his account with the bank. His response to the ad and action that he took also sparked an angry debate on Facebook about gay rights when Graham announced that he was taking his millions out of the bank and placing it elsewhere.
Graham, who is the son of famed televangelist Billy Graham, felt that the ad released by Wells Fargo was an example of a big business cramming gay rights “down our throats.” In his post, the 62-year-old evangelist announced that he was moving his business to another bank because of his opposition to the LGBT inclusive campaign.
“Have you ever asked yourself—how can we fight the tide of moral decay that is being crammed down our throats by big business, the media, and the gay & lesbian community?” He wrote. “At the Bill Graham Evangelistic Association, we are moving our accounts from Wells Fargo to another bank.”
Unfortunately for Graham, his new bank of choice, BB&T, is a sponsor for Miami Beach Gay Pride. Although the company does not take a formal position on gay rights, the bank does embrace “diversity and inclusion” for associates and in all aspects of business. It is a sure bet BB&T’s sponsorship may have Graham looking elsewhere again. His Facebook post received more than 95,000 likes and 42,600 shares.
Out of 11,000-plus comments, there were many users who disagreed with Graham’s stance by referring to him as “hypocritical” for picking one rule that allows him to “discriminate against a group of people that they consider less than.”