Jay-Z: LGBT Inequality is “Holding the Country Back”

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.

Watch the interview clip here.

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Nonya B.
mike hankins3 years ago

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. lol what a load of crap, if was a full time job he wouldn't be doing ncaa picks and weekends all those weekends in Hawaii,besides that the economy is better for the rich noone else. Hollywood actors and music folks have no idea about the real world,they might have been part of it once but most are completely out of touch with it now.

Zoe Stone
Zoe S.3 years ago

thanks for this article. I had no idea Jay-Z supports equality for all humans. I'm afraid I lumped him in with other rappers who seem to spew LGBT hatred in their lyrics. it just goes to show that is so easy to wrongly assume someones beliefs by their affiliations.

Jane H.
Jane H.4 years ago

Now I'm gonna pay more attention to Jay Z
Thanks, Jay Z!

Rachel Waller
Rachel W.4 years ago

Yay *waves flag*

Anita Wisch
Anita Wisch4 years ago

Good job, Jay-Z.

Heather B.
Heather BennetT4 years ago

Wonderful Jay-Z:)

Seth E.
Seth E.4 years ago

Great job with the trolling, Sandy! Way to class it up!

I love my country enough to have served it in our armed forces, and I'm voting Obama.

I'm also a fan of Jay-Z and love that he made these comments.

What exactly have you done to prove your worth as an American, other than being a hateful imbecile?

Sandy Erickson
Sandy Erickson4 years ago

And again...country in trouble and gays or being gay will NOT save it! DO NOT RE-ELECT OBAMA IF YOU LOVE AMERICA!

Samantha Christopher
Samantha C.4 years ago

I'm shocked! I am impressed that Jay-Z supports this and pleased that he does. Now if he could stop lyrically putting down women, I would give him a two thumbs up!