Rapper Jay-Z is has shown his support for President Obama’s endorsement of same-sex marriage, insisting “it’s the right thing to do.”
The singer’s statements come as several, prominent black pastors in America have spoken out against the President’s historic announcement to back gay marriage, with Obama holding a conference call with several of the church leaders last week to justify and explain his decision.
“I’ve always thought it as something that was still holding the country back,” Jay-Z told CNN on Monday, commenting on gay couples not being able to tie the knot.
“What people do in their own homes is their business and you can choose to love whoever you love,” he said. “That’s their business. It’s no different than discriminating against blacks. It’s discrimination plain and simple.”
Talking in relation to comments that Obama could lose potential voters from the African-American community, Jay-Z said “It’s really not about votes… It’s about people.”
The rapper has performed at several White House events during Obama’s time as president.