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Franklin Graham doesn’t like gay morals being crammed down his throat

Or lesbians in beautiful Wells Fargo adverts, apparently

“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?”

Mike Huckabee and Franklin Graham, Credit - Facebook
Mike Huckabee and Franklin Graham, Credit – Facebook

–Franklin Graham, son of evangelist Billy Graham, in a Facebook rant.

Graham took issue to Wells Fargo’s wonderful sign language commercial, which features two lesbian women learning sign language before they adopt a deaf girl into their family. It’s a poignant ad, but Graham clearly disagrees.

“Every day it is something else! Tiffany’s started advertising wedding rings for gay couples,” he wrote. “Wells Fargo bank is using a same-sex couple in their advertising. And there are more.”

His solution? Stop using Wells Fargo for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. (He’ll also be buying his jewellery at retailers other than Tiffany & Co.).

“This is one way we as Christians can speak out—we have the power of choice,” Graham wrote. “Let’s just stop doing business with those who promote sin and stand against Almighty God’s laws and His standards.”

There is one flaw in Graham’s plan, however, in choosing his replacement for Wells Fargo. Speaking with the anti-gay Family Research Council, Graham said that he has chosen BB&T as his new bank. The same BB&T that has an 80 percent rating from the HRC Corporate Equality Index. The same BB&T that is sponsoring the Miami Beach Gay Pride Parade and the Miami Beach Gay Pride’s “Legacy Couples” program. A BB&T spokesman told the Miami Herald that the bank supports “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.”

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