Joining an ever-growing list of celebrities and public figures who support President Obama’s stance on marriage equality, rapper Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter said bans on same-sex marriage are “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,” Jay-Z told CNN.
Denying civil rights to LGBT people is “no different than discriminating against blacks,” he added. “It’s discrimination, plain and simple.”
A long-time supporter of President Obama, Jay-Z was asked by CNN whether he thinks Obama’s marriage endorsement last week will cost the President votes in the African American community. “Whether it costs him votes or not… itís not about votes, itís about people,” the rapper replied. “Itís the right thing to do as a human being.”
Jay-Z also praised President Obama’s handling of the economy. “Reversing the direction of the decline was a full time job in itself, so I think that it’s stabilizing a bit now as some of the numbers show,” he said.
Other celebrities who applauded the news about President Obama’s endorsement include Alec Baldwin, Neil Patrick Harris, Kim Kardashian, Patton Oswalt and Jane Lynch.
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