Atlanta’s SunTrust fires anti-gay Benham brothers

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UPDATE | SunTrust flip-flops, rekindles bromance with anti-gay Benhams

Atlanta-based SunTrust Banks dumped anti-gay realty brothers David and Jason Benham, the pair that last week lost an HGTV show after their homophobic remarks surfaced publicly.

The banking giant, which notched a perfect score of 100 on HRC's most recent Corporate Equality Index, didn't offer specifics on why they pulled their listed properties with the Benhams, according to the Atlanta Business Chronicle.

“We continuously review our supplier relationships and changes to the list of companies we rely on for services is a natural part of our business, however we do not publicly comment on specific vender relationships,” SunTrust spokesman Mike McCoy told The Daily Caller.

The pair came under intense criticism earlier this month after Right Wing Watch detailed their anti-gay comments and lobbying. HGTV then dropped “Flip It Forward,” a show set to debut in October featuring the brothers.

Flip's son, David Benham, led a prayer rally — Charlotte 7:14 — outside of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina in 2012, which he told conservative radio host Janet Mefferd was needed to stop “homosexuality and its agenda that is attacking the nation” and “demonic ideologies tak[ing] our universities and our public school systems”

The brothers made no apologies for their statements.

“We were saddened to hear HGTV's decision,” they added. “With all of the grotesque things that can be seen and heard on television today you would think there would be room for two twin brothers who are faithful to our families, committed to biblical principles, and dedicated professionals. If our faith costs us a television show then so be it.”

On Thursday, the Benhams said they were surprised by SunTrust's actions.

“The Benhams, in their statement, said the news came ‘without warning or explanation from SunTrust and took place over a 15 minute period’ on Thursday,” The Daily Caller reported. “The brothers said they have had a ‘mutually productive working relationship with SunTrust for many years’ and hold a ‘preferred broker’ status with the bank.”

Why can't they be more like those other HGTV brothers, the gay-loving (and hunky) “Property Brothers,” Drew and Jonathan Scott?

[Atlanta Business Chronicle | Daily Caller | Right Wing Watch | E! Online]


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