Jay-Z has come out in support of President Obama’s recent endorsement of gay marriage. In a recent interview with CNN, the rapper said he believed supporting gay marriage was “the right thing to do.”
“I’ve always thought it as something that was still holding the country back,” Jay-Z said, referencing the fact that same-sex marriage is not recognized nationwide. “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.”
Jay is a longtime supporter of Obama, having performed at a celebration for the president’s inauguration and appearing at his birthday party. The president has returned the warm feelings, citing the Brooklyn native as his favorite rapper (even over Carter’s friend and collaborator Kanye West, who the president has called a “jackass,” twice).
The rapper also said he would invite Obama to perform an Al Green song or two at the Made in America music festival, though he admitted it seemed unlikely the president would have the time. When it came to Obama’s counterpart in the 2012 race, Jay-Z said he didn’t know much, adding that he didn’t want to talk about Mitt Romney.
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