Jay-Z Praises President Obama, Says Opposing Gay Marriage is Discrimination

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Jay-Z says he strongly agrees with President Obama's support of same-sex marriage, equating opposition to gay equality with discrimination.

In a recent interview with CNN, the rapper said he believed supporting gay marriage, as Obama did last week, 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 it's not recognized nationwide.

“What people do in their own homes is their business and you love whoever you love. That’s their business. It's no different than discriminating against blacks."

"It’s discrimination plain and simple.”

In Philadelphia to announce a two-day music festival in early September, Jay-Z sat down with CNN's Poppy Harlow to chat about broader issues.

Asked if he felt Obama, dubbed the first gay president by Newsweek, could be hurt politically by this, the music mogul and new father shrugged.

"It's really not about votes," he said. "It's about people."

Jay also said he sees America's moribund economy as an opportunity: "You know, for a long time, you know, we had it pretty good in America," he said.

"We were floating on this high. Well, we were hiding some of the troubles that we were going through. So, I just see this as a test of our character."

"I think we'll get there and we test the resolve of Americans. Just to remind us that we have that fight. We haven't had such a fight since the Great Depression."

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You -COURTNEY are acting to SASSY! If you like gays then go ahead and like them! This gay marriage thing is a Moral Stance it doesn't have anything to do with civil rights! Homosexual behavior was not accepted in the Bible either. Gays have rights! Their significant other can collect their partners insurance in my workplace! Don't think people are going to change their veiw about marriage because we are not! This " non marriage" thing being made out as a Hatred is getting old!

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oh, and I will agure back when some idiot is trying to tell me im somethin im not, such as on welfare, racist because i corrected him when i told him i was not black,gay or in the media, and im all for obama. none is true but `it` cant seem to understand that and has to make many different names to make it look as though `it` is right about me when the only thing `it` knows about me is my name and that im for gay being able to marry.

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you must not read to well then..because I believe a few comments down you basically said exactly what I said...i stated my opinion as well as everyone else did...that would mean everyones a troll. Yeah your whole comment is dismissve. Funny how it is only I who argued back in fourth, your right lepper whatever its name is didnt fight back at all guess I missed that part.hahahaaaa.good Lord.

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Oh, Jesus--please! I've went back and read the commentary exchanges here. Courtney you've argued back 'n forth with the "supposed" troll! This is an opinion site. What do you people expect? You will encounter comments offered by many folks with a wide range of views. As the old adage goes, "If the stove's hot...get out of the kitchen!" The best way to not "Feed the Troll"? Is to not comment at all or...LEAVE! Neither of which I'm sure you'd be willing to do! I think you're simply up against someone you fiercely disagree with! Just remember: There are those who fiercely disagree with your perspective as well. This person has just as much RIGHT to express their opinion here as you do! And btw, I don't perceive this person as a troll! If that's the case..you guys are trolls as well. Get over it!

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lol its funny you say that, i got to see if `it` wrote anything back and decided im going to ignore it for now on. Wayy to much time on your hands if you make multiple names to make it look like people agree with you.

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@courtneyj6: its clearly the same person. He/she does multiple posts on anything halfway connected to gays or blacks. Someone on another article proposed that we ignore him (and his many many made-up names) so thats what we do. DONT FEED THE TROLL. Now lets sit back and watch how many names he will make up after this. I put money on six in under 12 hours.

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@ Courtney - You just need to calm down and behave yourself. Maybe if you tried harder to get along.......

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you really are too ignorant to argue with. You can`t get it through that tiny little brain of yours that I DO NOT LIKE OBAMA I only agree on the gay marriage. I`m sorry, I did not realize it was that hard to understand. Welfare? Ha, what a joke. Never been anywhere near having to be on any goverment help. Welfares a joke to me, maybe I won`t have to think that way now that they drug test, but I still hate paying for other people to live when they are just to lazy to work.

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Anyone who voted for Obama in 08 should not be allowed to vote again.

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Dear courtneyj6........are you the Obama girl in the YouTube video titled "WHY SHE LOVES WELFARE" .......I love the white wig!!!!!