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."


@Heather Say what you want. The fact remains the majority of Americans do not go along with same sex marriage. They don't. Your President Obama doesn't either, but after all, this IS an election year! I would think those of you who proclaim to have a deep conviction in favor of same sex marriage would not be dumb enough to think a Prez who has maintained an anti-same sex marriage stance all these years would have a sudden conversion over the issue! He admitted today on The View that he's not going to do anything to get the gays more rights. When asked by one on the show if he would work to get the Defense of Marriage Act repealed he merely said, "Well, Congress knows how I feel." Yeah? As the old song goes, "Feelings. Nothing more than...FEELINGS." Feelings don't get those precious rights you want so badly for the gay community..does it! But, Obama's hopin' it'll line his campaign chest though. Wake up! You're being played....BIG TIME!


yeah im gonna leave you alone here to make a fool of yourself. You've proved Pointless.


wow... an educated-sounding black rapper?! what's the world coming to. no wonder all the white folks on this site seem scared out of their wits.


Dear Leepermax, where is the spew about "Liars can figure but figures don't lie"?


To refer to me as a FUCKING IDIOT shows anyone with a brain what you are made of. WAKE UP AMERICA!!!!!!


this is why your an idiot..that made no sense. You said I must be black or gay I told you I am white and I am not gay. Your a fucking idiot to say that was being racist and hateful towards gays. oh my my.




before I log off for a bit. Lil wayne, Ludacris, Paul wall, M.I.A, P. Diddy..that is just a couple of rappers who went to college and got an education. There are MANY MANY more.


Dear courtneyj6.........to immediately emphatically state that you are white and not gay implies you are racist and hate gays. How disgusting can you get?????


oh, and to correct you, I didn't say extremely. Just saying since were correcting each other and what not!

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