ASHEVILLE, N.C., June 10 (UPI) -- Franklin Graham, son of evangelist Billy Graham and president and CEO of Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, urged Christians to boycott Wells Fargo bank after the company featured an advertisement with a same-sex couple.
Graham, 62, said he was disturbed the bank was using shareholder's money to run ads during a televised golf tournament that focused on a lesbian couple. He said he will be moving the association's millions to Winston-Salem, N.C.-based BB&T.
On the conservative Christian radio show "Washington Watch with Tony Perkins," Graham said, "I'm not going to do business with a business promoting sin. As Christians, we don't have to do business with Starbucks, with Nike, with Wells Fargo, with Tiffany's that are promoting a gay lifestyle."
The ad features two women learning sign language to meet their new daughter, who is presumably deaf. In response to Graham's decision, BB&T said the bank "embraces diversity and inclusion for our associates and in all aspects of our business," but has declined to take a formal position on gay rights. BB&T is a sponsor for the Miami Beach Gay Pride annual festival.
An association spokesman said the organization began the 30-day process of moving its accounts, which could be worth more than $100 million.
On Facebook, Graham said, "This is one way we as Christians can speak out—we have the power of choice. Let's just stop doing business with those who promote sin and stand against Almighty God's laws and His standards. Maybe if enough of us do this, it will get their attention."