Graham Leaves Wells Fargo For Another Pro-Gay Bank

Okay, this is cracking me up. Franklin Graham made a big public announcement that the Billy Graham Evangelical Association was pulling its accounts from Wells Fargo because — gasp! — they had a commercial with a gay couple in it. But he transferred those accounts to another bank that apparently loves sodomy.

“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.

BB&T is listed as a sponsor of the Miami Beach Gay Pride Parade, as well as a major sponsor of the Legacy Couples program in South Florida, honoring committed gay couples.

“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.”

Darn the luck! Guess you should have prayed harder about it, Frank. Why didn’t the holy spirit tip you off?

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  • http://motherwell.livejournal.com/ Raging Bee

    …But he transferred those accounts to another bank that apparently loves sodomy.

    Perhaps that’s because his new bank can better leverage sodomy to make it more profitable for its investors?

  • http://www.thelosersleague.com theschwa

    Look, parades and couples programs are fine. Just no commercials on the TV during my stories! Also, get off my lawn!

  • tbp1

    As many others have pointed out, he should also eschew anything having to do with computers, or hi-tech in general, most pharmaceuticals, most airlines, most cars…

    I’m betting he won’t, though. Indeed, I’ll bet he won’t boycott anything that would inconvenience him in the slightest.

    And I’m really enjoying this story.

  • John Pieret

    BB&T has received an 80 percent score in the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index, while Wells Fargo has a 100% score. So I guess Frankie thinks he’s reduced his gay ick factor by 20%.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    tbp1 “…eschew…”

    Gesundheit.

  • had3

    Saved $100k in fees. BB&T could give a reach around to him and he’d move the accounts.

  • jefferylanam

    Graham’s organization had about 100 million in deposits with Wells Fargo. Wells Fargo’s total deposits are around 4.5 trillion; BB&T’s are around 500 billion. Maybe he thought a smaller bank would be easier to pressure, but that’s still a drop in BB&T’s bucket. It’s not even that in WF’s.

  • Trebuchet

    @7:

    Graham’s organization had about 100 million in deposits with Wells Fargo. Wells Fargo’s total deposits are around 4.5 trillion; BB&T’s are around 500 billion. Maybe he thought a smaller bank would be easier to pressure, but that’s still a drop in BB&T’s bucket. It’s not even that in WF’s.

    Darn near homeopathic, that is!