Last week President Barack Obama became the first US president ever to publicly endorse marriage equality in this country. Today, we learn that his support of same-sex marriage is already inspiring others to come out, as it were, in support of marriage equality as well. Rapper/entrepreneur Jay-Z (née Sean Corey Carter) sat down to chat with CNN this week and not only voiced his support of President Obama but also voiced his support for marriage equality. This is important, I think, because prior to Obama’s endorsement, Jay-Z was not known to be a supporter of same-sex marriage. Click below to watch video of his interview in full.
Jay-Z has come out in support of President Obama’s recent endorsement of gay marriage. In a recent interview with CNN, the rapper said he believed supporting gay marriage was “the right thing to do.” “I’ve always thought it as something that was still holding the country back,” Jay-Z said, referencing the fact that same-sex marriage is not recognized nationwide. “What people do in their own homes is their business and you can choose to love whoever you love. That’s their business. It’s no different than discriminating against blacks. It’s discrimination plain and simple.” Though he was in Philadelphia to appear alongside Mayor Michael Nutter and announce a two-day music festival in early September, Jay-Z sat down with CNN’s Poppy Harlow to chat about broader issues. When he was asked if he felt Obama’s decision to come out in favor of the right of same-sex couples to marry would cost him votes (particularly with the African-American community), he shrugged. “It’s really not about votes,” he said. “It’s about people.”
Now, to be clear, I don’t find this endorsement of same-sex marriage by Jay-Z significant merely because he is a celebrity. To me, what is important to note is that Obama’s leadership on this issue is already inspiring others to be vocal about their support as well. AND, because Jay-Z is a man who is looked up to by many young people, his support of marriage equality is very likely to inspire others to be supportive as well. IMHO, only good things will come from Obama’s same-sex marriage endorsement … and I see this revelation by Jay-Z as one of the positives to come from Obama’s action. The end of marriage discrimination is near … I can FEEL IT … and it’s a great feeling.
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