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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idiot, wrong once again! I am white, not gay, and have no part in the media. Your racism makes you out to be a complete fool. How about you try gogling and researching some rappers, you'll find that many are smart and some went to college. Heather, you couldn't have said it better. We are all so into this fight against bullying but yet parents are teaching their kids to hate people because they are gay. I don't like Obama, or anyone running for that matter, but i'm glad he stood up for what he believes in and could careless what the close minded homophobics have to say about it.

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WAKE UP AMERICA!!!!!

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Dear heather.......after reading your rant about discrimination and homophobia, you should have no problem with the words on the front cover of a major magazine calling OBAMA THE FIRST GAY PRESIDENT!!!!!!! Have you got a problem with gays?????

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Dear courtneyj6......it is obvious you are either black, gay, or a member of the media......and to correct you......I said the president is a deceptive, lying, buffoon. THE FIRST GAY PRESIDENT is what a major magazine called him on their front cover. To say rappers are extremely smart only shows me how Obama got into the Whitehouse. You come across as a blithering idiot.

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It is discrimination and dont blame your homophobia on morals. If you had morals you would know its wrong to tell people they cant marry the person they love. Why is it anyones business who you love? You are making them second class citizens and deeming them unworthy of rights everyone else has. Its just wrong. And its even worse to raise your children with these homophobic hateful ideas. I dont agree with hardly anything Obama says or does, but he is right to support this. We pass our beliefs to our kids. Make them the right ones.

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You seem to be the uneducated one to say the president is gay just because he believes in gay people being able to marry. And why is it because someone is a rapper they can't have an education. Half of these rappers are actually really smart, some most likely smarter than you seeing as though you have proven yourself to be an idiot.

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The same sex marriage issue is a moral one. To try to shove it under the mantel of "Civil Rights" only goes to show that this Admin. and the faction of society that follows it think if you can make anything and everything a racial/prejudice issue then you shame the rest of America into going along. No. There are deep moral convictions that millions hold regarding this issue. 32+ states have voted "No" on the issue...most recently North Carolina--resoundingly I might add. The people spoke--and they had a right to. Even Obama said the decision regarding same sex marriage is still in the states' hands.

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Yeah! Like I really care what some uneducated black rapper thinks of THE FIRST GAY PRESIDENT........actually this j-zee character would probably do a much better job than the current deceptive, lying buffoon in the Whitehouse. WAKE UP AMERICA!!!!!!!