- The Washington Times - Tuesday, June 9, 2015

After calling on Christians to boycott gay-friendly businesses such as Wells Fargo, evangelist and CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association Franklin Graham announced that he has moved the ministry’s bank accounts to BB&T bank.

Only problem is BB&T bank is also gay-friendly, hosting a gay couple’s wedding reception at a Miami branch in February and sponsoring Miami’s gay pride parade in April, Right Wing Watch reported. BB&T also received an 80 percent score in the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index, which ranks businesses by workplace equality. Wells Fargo received a 100 percent on the same scale.

Mr. Graham posted a Facebook message Friday announcing his decision to boycott Wells Fargo and urging Christians to stop doing business with companies that “promote sin and stand against Almighty God’s laws and His standards.”

During an interview Monday on “Washington Watch,” a radio program broadcast by the Family Research Council, Mr. Graham announced the move to BB&T.

“At the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, we’re closing our accounts at Wells Fargo and we’re moving it to another bank here in North Carolina, BB&T, that is a good bank,” he said. “We’ve done business with them at Samaritan’s Purse for many years. And just a good solid bank that’s very good at banking.”

BB&T spokeswoman Cynthia Williams said in a statement to the Charlotte Observer that the bank “has a strong history” of sponsoring community events to help the lender reach prospects and clients. “This does not imply endorsement of these organization’s positions on any or all political or social issues,” she said.

“Our mission is to help our clients achieve economic success and financial security regardless of their race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, or gender identity,” she told the paper. “BB&T embraces diversity and inclusion for our associates and in all aspects of our business. However, we do not take formal positions on non-banking or social issues.”

Mr. Graham said the switch will save the association money — $100,000 a year — because of BB&T’s lower service charges, the Observer reported.

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