Add Jay-Z to the list of high-profile supporters for gay marriage. During a sitdown with CNN’s Poppy Harlow, the Watch The Throne hit-maker backed President Barack Obama‘s recent public stance in favor of the legal union between same sex couples, and stated that “it’s not about votes, it’s about people.”
Those are strong words from one of the most dominant forces in hip hop, and Jay only increased his staunch rhetoric on the issue throughout the taped interview.
When asked about his own views on the political debate over gay marriage, Hova said the following: “I’ve always thought of it as something that’s still holding the country back. What people do in their own home is their business.”
The rapper continued, “You choose to love whoever you love. That’s their business. It’s no different than discriminating against blacks. It’s discrimination, plain and simple.”
Jay-Z’s comments echo those of both his frequent musical partner Kanye West, who has publicly spoken about gay issues on several occasions in recent years, and Eminem, who planted tongue in cheek while delivering this statement to the New York Times two years ago: “I think if two people love each other, then what the hell? I think that everyone should have the chance to be equally miserable, if they want.”
When asked if he thinks Obama’s support for gay marriage will cost him votes in the upcoming November Presidential election, Jay said, “I think it’s the right thing to do. So whether it costs votes or not — again, it’s not about votes, it’s about people. So whether it costs him votes or not, it’s the right thing to do as a human being.”