Popular Christian evangelist Franklin Graham has called on his followers to boycott businesses that support gays, including Tiffany & Co. and Wells Fargo.
In a Facebook post over the weekend, Mr Graham, son of Billy Graham, wrote that he was moving the bank accounts for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association away from Wells Fargo because it had an advertisement featuring a lesbian couple, the Charlotte Observer reported.
“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?” Mr Graham wrote on Facebook. “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. But it has dawned on me that we don’t have to do business with them.”
The Facebook post has received nearly 93,000 likes and more than 41,000 shares, as of Monday afternoon.
The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association did not respond to questions seeking comment.
Mr Graham’s statement comes as more companies are coming out to support gay rights. The ad he references in his Facebook post features a lesbian couple using sign language to tell their adopted daughter, “We’re going to be your new mommies”.
Gay marriage has ridden a wave of momentum in the US recently and the Supreme Court is now considering a landmark case on gay marriage, which Mr Graham has used social media to rally against.
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