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Jay-Z

I Support Gay Marriage

5/15/2012 8:52 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Jay-Z says he STRONGLY believes gay people deserve the right to get married ... claiming discriminating against a gay person is the same as discriminating against a black person.

Jay -- arguably the most powerful person in hip hop -- discussed the issue with CNN ... saying President Obama's decision to come out in support of gay marriage was "the right thing to do."

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

He continued, "That’s their business. It's no different than discriminating against blacks. It’s discrimination plain and simple.”

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91.

Bridget    

Good for Jay Z. Him saying he is for gay marriage does make a difference. How big of a difference...I don't know. But it will make it so "tuff guys" realize that they can put their support behind gay marriage. It doesn't make you less tough.


Being gay is not a choice. Infact I remember when I was about 3 or 4 (and not knowing any better) asked my cousin why he talked like a girl. People generally know they are gay from a very early age. And on top of that, WHY WOULD SOMEONE CHOOSE TO BE GAY??? Like life isn't hard enough already, why would someone willingly pile on a lot more?


Also to the posters that are compairing homosexuality to pedophilia....WTF? Gay people have a CONSENTING relationship. Pedophiles have VICTIMS.


And to the posters that talk about "how would I explain this to my kid?" Well it isn't against the law for gay people to hug, kiss or live with eachother. So what difference does a marriage license make? I personally don't like seeing PDA by anyone, gay or strait...get a fricken room.


You're going to have to explain homosexuality to your kid at some point anyway. So I don't really get the argument.


At the end of the day gay marriage DOESN'T EFFECT YOU. You don't have to marry someone of the same sex. It isn't your soul (for the people who think being gay sends you to hell).


If you think being gay is immoral and disgusting and against god, that is fine. Everyone is entitled to their beleifs. But why should your beleifs effect others lives??? See, gay marrige being illegal DOES EFFECT peoples lives negativly. It being legal DOES NOT.

And I just gotta say, props to governor Hickenlooper for doing his best for equal rights.

705 days ago
92.

abby672    

No One Really Cares Anymore

705 days ago
93.

Mayu    

Face it. Obama is just doing it for votes. People so quickly forget how he was for marriage being defined as man and woman during the 2008 elections. He knows he needs the gay vote so he's changing his tune. People are so damned gullible these days. Half of the people who are "pro gay marriage" are only doing it cause it's popular right now. These same people would fight for the other side if that were the popular thing to do. They don't care about what's right or not, they care about popularity and votes. Grow up peeps. they're only on your side because they need your vote or your money. Not because it's what they necessarily believe. I don't understand gay marriage anyway. Civil unions are legal. Even if Gay Marriage is passed nation wide... it's basically a civil union with the word "marriage" attached to it.

705 days ago
94.

Justathought    

There are a lot of powerful people in the entertainment industry who are gay and lesbian. So you don't think all these reporters, actors, etc know what side their bread is buttered on? They know better than to ruffle the wrong feathers and be labeled a homophobe and be black balled from the industry!

705 days ago
95.

Seldombinlaid    

Their both putting on an act.

705 days ago
96.

Susan62509    

The only difference between gay marriage and hetersexual marriage is a marriage certificate, medical insurance coverage, tax returns, and hospital visitation by a family member. That's it.

Jay-Z's statement of " What people do in their own homes is their business and you can choose to love whoever you love," is completely irrelevant and misses the point.

705 days ago
97.

Susan62509    

May 6, V.P. Joe Biden said he supports gay marriage, May 9 Obama says he supports it also and May 11 Harry Reid says he supports it. 3 democrats within the same week change their mind about gay marriage. My question is are the 3 going to also change their religion now because none of their religions support it.

What their opinions are don't make any difference, nada, because it's up to the States to change their laws and not the federal government, so it's a way to get votes for Obama and his buddies.

705 days ago
98.

mindy    

REALLY? REALLY?

wasted time writing a story about BLACK public figures one who is trying to stay in office... who has how many months till election day.... and one who supports this person both coming out and declaring they support gay marriage..... HMMM WHAT A WAY TO GAIN SUPPORT FOR THE GAY COMMUNITY...... TRUST ME.... MOST CAN SEE THROUGH YOUR BULLSH%T ANTICS!

705 days ago
99.

needs help    

SO many will be announcing this... whatever keeps them in the spot light. Obama is not going to win votes on this news. Time for him to move on. What a joke. See what you started Biden?! So Jay Z, I guess you won't mind your baby BLUE marrying someone in pink in years to come?

705 days ago
100.

en Todo Momento!!    

so then when women and females are inspected and de-selected as breeding instruments for gay males by the thousands, who is gonna vote against the use of them as slaves? if this procedure is included in a individual right, similar to buying cigarettes or alcohol?

705 days ago
101.

juggalo 6    

Surprise!! I don't care what GayZ says. He's a bitch. And not in the sense of having a *****.

705 days ago
102.

elpablo    

Sounds like Jay-Z might be on the down low?? lol. All kidding aside, Jay-Z is a talented MC. Unfortunately however, judging by his comments, he's incredibly naive when it comes to the creation of homosexual "marriage." It's also extremely ignorant to attempt to compare homosexual behavior with skin color. Race is a non-transferable, immutable characteristic. When Jay-Z wakes up in the morning (for example), he can't say, "you know, I feel like I was born white on the inside, so I'm going to make my skin color white going forward." Of course not, we have not control over our skin color. We all however, have the capacity to control our behavior. Race does not equate to behavior. Wise up Jay-Z!

705 days ago
103.

apedude    

Jay bugging out with that silly stuff.my man stay ten toes down leave the b.s for the other side.

705 days ago
104.

Kathy    

Who cares what Jay Z says, his wife didn't even deliver that baby..these people live in their own world and Obama is all about the celebrity, I think he forgot he is the President of the United States...I'm surprised that he even has 43%..who is voting for him except the Hollywood bubble dopes.

705 days ago
105.

Emilio    

So this is the same guy who raps lyrics like this?

"It's crazy how you can go from being Joe Blow
To everybody on your d*ck, no homo..."

Jay Z is a hypocrite..

705 days ago
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