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June 10, 2015

Charity Leader Switches Banks Over Ad With Same-Sex Couple

Franklin Graham, the son of famed evangelist Billy Graham and CEO of Christian aid charity Samaritan's Purse, is pulling accounts for his nonprofit groups from Wells Fargo to protest a commercial for the bank featuring a lesbian couple, The Charlotte Observer writes.

Mr. Graham, who also leads the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, is calling on Christians to boycott companies that "promote sin and stand against Almighty God's laws and His standards," as he wrote on Facebook last weekend.

A Wells Fargo spokeswoman said the bank's advertising "reflects our company's values and represents the diversity of the communities we serve."

Mr. Graham said he is not targeting companies that hire or serve gays and lesbians, only those that feature same-sex couples in ads. He subsequently announced he is moving his organizations' money to BB&T Bank, which sponsored a Gay Pride fundraiser in Miami Beach, the Observer also reports.