Singer Elton John believes gay marriage
got a big boost with the endorsements of President Barack Obama and
rapper Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter.
In May, Obama became the first sitting
president to endorse gay marriage.
Jay-Z compared opposition to such
unions to racial discrimination in an interview with CNN.
“I've always thought [of] it as
something that's still holding the country back,” Jay-Z 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
simple,” he added.
In an interview with MSNBC, Sir Elton
“Jay-Z, who is probably the most
respected African American artist, came out and said not only is it
wrong to not have gay marriage, but any discrimination in life is
wrong. It was an incredibly moving statement,” said Sir Elton.
“Dominoes fell,” he added. “When
I next see him, I'm going to give him the biggest hug. (Watch
the segment at MSNBC.)