Jay-Z Supports Gay Marriage

Rap mogul backs President Obama: 'It's about people'

May 15, 2012 11:50 AM ET
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Jay-Z revealed that he is a proponent of gay marriage during an interview with CNN yesterday

When asked what he thought about President Obama's recent endorsement of same-sex marriages, the hip-hop superstar said: "I’ve always thought it as something that was still holding the country back. What people do in their own homes is their business and you can choose to love whoever you love. That’s their business. It's no different than discriminating against blacks. It’s discrimination, plain and simple."

On whether he thought Obama's move would cost the president votes, Jay-Z said, "I think it's the right thing to do. It's not about votes. It's about people. It's the right thing to do as a human being."

Jay-Z is one of many musicians who have expressed their elation and support following President Obama's announcement. On Twitter, Lady Gaga wrote, "Feels like the future and not the past," while Alicia Keys wrote, "Well honestly it's about time!"

In an interview with Rolling Stone yesterday, Jay also noted that he's hoping to score a certain Al Green-singing President to perform at the Budweiser Made in America music festival he's curating this Labor Day in Philadelphia. "He'll be so far into helping the world that he probably won't have time," said Jay-Z, "but I'm absolutely going to ask him."

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