Rapper Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter has
compared opposition to gay marriage to racial discrimination.
The 42-year-old Jay-Z, who holds the
record for the most number one albums by a solo artist on the
Billboard 200 and is a part-owner of the NBA's Brooklyn Nets,
explained his position to CNN.
“I've always thought [of] it as
something that's still holding the country back,” he said. “You
know what people do in their own homes is, you know, their business.
You chose to love whomever you love. You know, that's their
“It's no different than
discriminating against blacks. It's discrimination, plain and
When asked whether President Barack
Obama's support for gay nuptials would lose him votes – in
particular votes in the African-American community – Jay-Z answered
that the question was not relevant.
“It's the right thing to do. So
whether it costs him votes or not. Again, it's really not about
votes. It's about people. So whether it costs him votes or not, I
think it's the right thing to do, as a human being,” Jay-Z said.
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