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Exclusive: SunTrust Cuts Business Ties With Benham Brothers After Conservative Views Attacked

First they lost their television show. Now the Benham brothers say they are losing their business.

SunTrust Banks is cutting ties with would-be reality stars David and Jason Benham after liberal activists attacked them for their conservative views on abortion and gay marriage, The Daily Caller has learned.

In a statement provided first to TheDC on Friday, the Benham brothers confirmed that SunTrust Banks has pulled all of its listed properties with the Benham brothers’ bank-owned property business, which includes several franchisees across four states.

The move comes just a week after HGTV announced it was canceling a planned home renovation show hosted by the brothers.

“If our faith costs us our HGTV show and our business, then so be it,” said Jason Benham on Friday.

“We were caught off-guard with this one,” David Benham said of SunTrust’s actions. “Keeping us off television wasn’t enough, now this agenda to silence wants us out of the marketplace.”

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 Brothers said they have had a “mutually productive working relationship with SunTrust for many years” and hold a ”preferred broker” status with the bank.

The brothers said they contacted SunTrust, but bank employees declined to explain the reasoning for what happened.

Reached for comment by TheDC on Friday, SunTrust corporate spokesman Mike McCoy would not say whether the Benhams’ political views impacted their decision.

“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,” McCoy told TheDC.

In their statement, the Benhams said they “recognize SunTrust’s right to hire or fire any real estate broker they choose but do not support the decision” to fire independent franchisees that are associated with them. Many of these franchisees, they said, “do not hold the same beliefs” they do.

“As Americans we find ourselves at a crossroads and are forced with a decision to either stand up or sit down,” David Benham said. “Evidently, SunTrust’s longstanding commitment to diversity must not include our historic Christian values.”

One such franchisee is Joel Morimanno of Benham Real Estate of SW Florida.

“I believe SunTrust has requested a blanket reassignment of all Benham Brother listings across the nation because of their Christian beliefs,” Morimanno said in a statement to TheDC.

“The success of my business is based on my performance,” he said. “I work hard to maintain a Preferred Status with all my clients. It appears that SunTrust simply reassigned the listing based on other external factors.”

In an email obtained by TheDC, Morimanno was told by SunTrust’s third-party asset management company: “Unfortunately the seller (SunTrust) is asking for this property to be re-assigned. This was the direct clients (SunTrust) request. I really appreciate all your efforts on this property…This one is out of our control. It is really nothing you did.”

“It is highly unusual for a big asset manager to reassign assets without cause. I even offered to waive my commissions on the sale of the property but they refused and said they were required to reassign the property,” Morimanno explained.

Benham REO Group, the brothers’ main company, “offers streamlined and scaled property management solutions to bank clients for the purposes of liquidating large volumes of foreclosed properties in the Carolinas,” according to its website.

“Having served more than 200 Bank clients and managed/sold over 6,500 foreclosed properties since its inception, the Benham Real Estate Group also provides home buyers/sellers/investors with a highly trained sales team that specializes in working with people interested in purchasing REO property,” the website said.

The Benhams were set to host a new home-renovation show on the Home and Garden Television network called “Flip It Forward.”

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This is sad! I think we are already there, Gris! 

Ohh Lookie here!

Sun Trust Bank Reverses After Severing Ties With Benham Brothers Over Pro-Life Views

After getting national condemnation from pro-life advocates, Sun Trust Bank has reversed its decision to yank real estate contracts with the Benham brothers.

The pro-life brothers who were set to be the stars of the next HGTV reality television show “Flip It Forward” have had a refreshing response to the cable network cancelling the program because of their pro-life beliefs. They said they were not bothered by the show being cancelled because of their beliefs.

After that blowup received national attention, the Benham Brothers are back in the news because of discrimination over their pro-life views. Initial reports showed SunTrust Banks discriminating against the brothers, then the Daily Caller reported SunTrust reversed itself:

After an uproar from conservative customers, SunTrust Banks announced Friday afternoon that the decision to end its relationship with real estate entrepreneurs David and Jason Benham had been reversed.

Earlier Friday, The Daily Caller reported that SunTrust Banks had pulled all of its listed properties with the Benham brothers’ bank-owned property business.

The move came just a week after HGTV announced it was canceling a planned home renovation show hosted by the Benhams because of their conservative views on abortion and gay marriage.

By Friday afternoon, SunTrust released a statement saying the decision had been reversed. The bank didn’t go into detail about why they originally cut ties with the Benham brothers, though SunTrust said the decision was made by a third party vendor. TheDC reported earlier Friday that the vendor had told a Benham Brothers franchisee that the bank itself made the decision.

Early Friday reports showed SunTrust Banks discriminating against the brothers.

As the Daily Caller reports:

In a statement provided first to TheDC on Friday, the Benham brothers confirmed that SunTrust Banks has pulled all of its listed properties with the Benham brothers’ bank-owned property business, which includes several franchisees across four states.

“We were caught off-guard with this one,” David Benham said of SunTrust’s actions. “Keeping us off television wasn’t enough, now this agenda to silence wants us out of the marketplace.”

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 Brothers said they have had a “mutually productive working relationship with SunTrust for many years” and hold a ”preferred broker” status with the bank.

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The brothers said they contacted SunTrust, but bank employees declined to explain the reasoning for what happened.

Reached for comment by TheDC on Friday, SunTrust corporate spokesman Mike McCoy would not say whether the Benhams’ political views impacted their decision.

“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,” McCoy told TheDC.

In an email to LifeNews, Faith Driven Consumer founder Chris Stone, who has been organizing social media support for the brothers during their controversy with HGTV, blasted the banking company for its decision.

“SunTrust Banks appears to have punished David and Jason Benham by taking action against their business purely based on their Christian beliefs. This sends a loud and clear message to people of faith in America, you’re not welcome at SunTrust, take your business somewhere else,” he said. “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. This is discriminatory, intolerant, and in direct opposition everything that America is about.”
“Faith Driven Consumers, and all fair-minded Americans, are getting tired of this, they know it’s wrong, and they are not going to tolerate this kind of bullying. On behalf of our community of 46 million people who spend $1.75 trillion annually, we are actively seeking banks who will welcome them along with all of the other people that they serve,” he concluded.

ACTION: Contact Sun Trust:
Call 800.786.8787
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/suntrust
Twitter – http://twitter.com/SunTrust

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I like it!  It sounds as if Sun Trust cannot be TRUSTed!

I hate to see a business do business on the basis of anything other than business.  Would not want to invest in one.

If I had money or business dealings with them I would pull out! Wouldn't matter that they reversed their decision or not! Make an example out of that bank like they did to the brothers! 

I wouldn't do business with Sun Trust or the Benham brothers. Neither seem to be doing business based solely on business.

Wait a minute - aren't the brothers running a construction business?  Weren't their views on abortion, etc. completely extraneous - nothing to do with their paid work?  lf they're good at what they do, and they treated their customers right, I'd hire them even if they believed the earth was flat.

Don't know what prompted HGTV's decision - could have been business, I suppose.  

Their views had NOTHING to do with their business! Period! You can't be pro-life any longer in this country! You can't voice your beliefs at all, unless they conform with the PC Police! It would be like the brothers pulling (their business) from the bank because the bank's views are pro-choice! It's just plain stupid!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  I'm so sick of all of this! I say, if you don't like something, take your damn business and go elsewhere and shut the hell up! That goes for both sides!   I'm with you, Eloise!   

I guess I don't quite understand what you mean about the brothers not doing business solely based on business. But it really doesn't matter because we are supposedly free to do business with whomever we choose regardless of their personal feeling, as long as those feelings don't lean toward racism on the one hand or Christian beliefs on the other. So how free are we really?

Yes, we are free to do business with whomever we choose. Or, at least that's how it used to be! 

"The right to do business with whomever you choose." HGTV and for a period Sun Trust "chose" to not do business with the Benham brothers,  There was no group who pressured HGTV to drop the tv show. There is nothing to indicate that it was anything other than a business decision. As for Sun Trust, by them going back and forth I'm not sure why they keep changing their mind, but because they are wishy-washy I wouldn't want to do business with them.

HGTV knows there are many people like myself that doesn't do business with people who compare gays to rapist and murderers. The Benham brothers are free to speak their minds, but there is always consequences for speech. Just like I'm sure this speech won't gain me any friends among so-cons.

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