Jay-Z rips anti-gay-marriage movement as discrimination

A week after President Barack Obama voiced his support for gay marriage rights and Vice President Joe Biden credited sitcom "Will & Grace" with educating the American populace on gay rights, rapper Jay-Z <a href="
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/music_blog/2012/05/jay-z-rips-anti-gay-marriage-movement-as-discrimination.html" target="_blank">took a stand</a> on the issue.<br /><br />
Saying that denouncing gay rights "is no different than discriminating against blacks," Jay-Z told CNN. "It's discrimination, plain and simple."<br /><br />
Jay-Z is one of the most powerful figures in a genre that over the last decade has been shedding its perceived anti-gay tendencies. He said he believed the refusal to allow gay couples to wed is "holding the country back."<br /><br />
"What people do in their own homes is their business and you can choose to love whoever you love," Jay-Z told CNN. "That's their business."

( Matt Rourke / Associated Press / May 14, 2012 )

A week after President Barack Obama voiced his support for gay marriage rights and Vice President Joe Biden credited sitcom "Will & Grace" with educating the American populace on gay rights, rapper Jay-Z took a stand on the issue.

Saying that denouncing gay rights "is no different than discriminating against blacks," Jay-Z told CNN. "It's discrimination, plain and simple."

Jay-Z is one of the most powerful figures in a genre that over the last decade has been shedding its perceived anti-gay tendencies. He said he believed the refusal to allow gay couples to wed is "holding the country back."

"What people do in their own homes is their business and you can choose to love whoever you love," Jay-Z told CNN. "That's their business."

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