Jay-Z: Same Sex Marriage Opposition ‘Holding the Country Back’

On Monday, rapper Jay-Z told CNN's Poppy Harlow he supports gay marriage.

By Jorge Rivas May 15, 2012

On Monday, rapper Jay-Z told CNN’s Poppy Harlow he supports gay marriage. When asked what he thought about President Obama’s recent endorsement of same-sex marriages, the hip-hop superstar said: "I’ve always thought it as something that was still holding the country back. What people do in their own homes is their business and you can choose to love whoever you love. That’s their business. It’s no different than discriminating against blacks. It’s discrimination, plain and simple." When asked if he thought Obama’s comments would hurt his re-election campaign, Jay-Z said, "I think it’s the right thing to do. It’s not about votes. It’s about people. It’s the right thing to do as a human being." In the interview Jay-Z also admitted to being unfamiliar with Romney, and said he did not "want to talk about the man."