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Jay-Z: Not Allowing Same-Sex Marriage Like 'Discriminating Against Blacks'

Jay-Z says he believes same-sex couples should be legally allowed to married.

Appearing on CNN to speak about President Barack Obama going public with his support last week, the rapper said any other stance would be discrimination in his eyes.

"I've always thought it as something that was still holding the country back," he said. "What people do in their own homes is their business and you can choose to love whoever you love. That's their business."

"It is no different than discriminating against blacks. It's discrimination, plain and simple."

"They argue points and they forget that at the end of those points are real people, and real people going through real problems," he continued. "It's almost like the hook of a song."

"Like I would go in a studio and say, I have this huge hook. At the end of the rhetoric there's real people."

Jay-Z and wife Beyonce have been ardent supporters of Obama since his 2008 campaign. However, this is the first time he has spoken out since Obama became president.

Last month, Beyonce showed her fondness for the first family, and specifically Michelle Obama, by penning an open letter in which she said the first lady was "the ultimate example of a truly strong African American woman."

May 16, 2012 |

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