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SunTrust Reinstates Benham Brothers Listings

09-08-2014
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SunTrust has reinstated would-be HGTV reality stars David and Jason Benham's accounts after it was reported the bank was severing ties with the brothers.

The bank denied the action was initiated by them and called the situation a misunderstanding with a new vendor.

“We clarified our policies with our vendor and they have reinstated the listings with Benham Real Estate,” SunTrust spokeswoman Beth McKenna said.

Read the entire statement from SunTrust here.

News broke early Friday morning that more than a week after HGTV dropped the Benham's reality show over their views on same-sex marriage, SunTrust Banks was cutting ties with them.

According the Daily Caller, the Benhams said SunTrust's decision came "without warning or explanation" and "took place over a 15-minute period" Thursday.

"We were caught off-guard with this one," David Benham said. "Keeping us off television wasn't enough, now this agenda to silence wants us out of the marketplace."

However, by Friday afternoon the bank reversed the decision after receiving widespread criticism from conservative customers, many of whom threatened to drop ties with SunTrust.

"SunTrust's actions have effectively put into place a belief-oriented litmus test for its business partners seeking to compete in the marketplace of goods, services, and ideas," Faith Driven Consumer founder Chris Stone told Charisma News. "This is discriminatory, intolerant, and in direct opposition [to] everything that America is about."

The Behnam controversy is the latest evidence of shifting attitudes toward marriage.

***Is it inevitable that gay marriage will become a norm in America? Chris Plante, with the National Organization for Marriage, addressed that question and more on CBN Newswatch, May 16.

Ten years after same-sex marriage first became legal in the state of Massachusetts, acceptance of gay marriage has grown across the country.

Seventeen states and the District of Columbia now allow same-sex couples to wed.

Although 30 states have voter-approved constitutional amendments banning gay marriage, judges in seven of them have struck down those laws.

Meanwhile, recent polls show 53 percent of Americans now support gay marriage. A decade earlier, that number stood at 30 percent.

David and Jason Benham share their thoughts on being faithful in the little things and conquering fear.

What can Christians learn from the Benham's stance?

Can Christian beliefs co-exist with the homosexual agenda?

So what's next for the Benhams?

Lori Benham, David’s wife, and Tori Benham, Jason’s wife, discuss the HGTV fallout .

Lori and Tori share who their husbands really are.

Lori and Tori explain why they’re proud of their husbands.

If you want to voice your discontent with and HGTV write, call, email, or comment on Twitter:

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