Christian conservative Franklin Graham
has stumbled in his first attempt to boycott gay-friendly businesses.
Last week, Graham, the son of
evangelist Billy Graham and head of the Billy Graham Evangelist
Association, vowed to shun such businesses in a Facebook post.
“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? Every day it is something else! Tiffany's started
advertising wedding rings for gay couples. Wells Fargo bank is using
a same-sex couple in their advertising. And there are more,”
Appearing on the Family Research
Council's (FRC) Washington Watch radio program, Graham
announced that he will be switching his business account to BB&T
Bank, which is also based in North Carolina.
“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,” he said.
Wing Watch points out that BB&T ranks high (80%) on the Human
Rights Campaign's (HRC) Corporate Equality Index (CEI), a measure of
a company's support for LGBT rights. BBT&T is also the sponsor
of this year's Miami Beach Gay Pride Parade and the chief sponsor of
the parade's Legacy Couples program, which celebrates same-sex
couples in “committed relationships of 10 years or longer.”