Franklin Graham is doing his part in calling on his fellow believers to stop doing business with companies that feature homosexual relationships in their commercials.
The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association has decided to close its accounts at Wells Fargo, following the bank's decision to feature a same-sex couple in a television ad. The one-minute commercial (see below) features a lesbian couple learning sign language in preparation for adopting a young girl who is deaf. At the end of the ad, one of the women – using sign language – tells the child: "We're going to be your new mommies."
"If I was a shareholder, I would be upset," Graham said Monday on American Family Radio. "But at the same time, as a Christian, I'm saying to myself: Why do I want to do business with these people? We don't have to do business with them. There are other banks that don't do this."
The evangelist made his comments on the program "Washington Watch."
"I want a bank to tell me what the interest rates are going to pay, what my service charges are," he continued. "I don't think they should be getting involved in these kinds of issues. They ought to stay focused on banking."
Graham said he finds it "very unfortunate" that Wells Fargo has chosen to start promoting – using shareholders' money – the lifestyle of "a real small group of people" in America. Consequently, BGEA is going to move their accounts that could total in the hundreds of millions of dollars.
"... We're closing our accounts at Wells Fargo and we're moving to another bank here in North Carolina ... that is a good bank," he explained. "We've done business with them at Samaritan's Purse for many years."
In an interview with The Charlotte Observer, Graham made it clear he's not targeting those businesses that hire or serve homosexuals. "There's lots of businesses out there that do business with gay people," he said. "That's fine."
Still, he added, companies like Wells Fargo and Tiffany jewelers shouldn't be using their shareholders' advertising money to promote what he describes as "a godless lifestyle."
The Observer reports pro-homosexual groups are accusing the evangelist of "trying to stir up" Christian conservatives leading up to the Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage later this month.