Jay-Z follows Barack Obama in supporting gay marriage

Rapper says ban on same-sex marriage is 'holding America back'

Jay-Z has come out in support of gay marriage.

The rapper made the comments after President Obama said he supported states legalising marriage for same-sex couples. In an interview with CNN he said he thought the ban on gay marriage was “something that was still holding the country back”. He added:

What people do in their own homes is their business. You choose to love whoever you love. It’s no different than discriminating against blacks. It’s discrimination plain and simple.

When asked if he thought that Obama’s stance on gay marriage might lose him votes among African-American religious leaders, Jay-Z said: “It’s not really about votes. It’s about people. Whether it costs him votes or not, it’s the right thing to do, as a human being.”

Yesterday, Jay-Z said that he was “absolutely” going to ask Obama to play the festival he is staging later this year. The festival, named the ‘Budweiser Made In America’ music festival, will place in Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park on September 1 and 2. Speaking to Rolling Stone about Obama, the rapper said: “I’m gonna give him a call and I’m gonna try to get him to perform – do a little rendition of Al Green – but I doubt it.”

Jay-Z is the only act confirmed to appear at the event so far, but the festival’s organisers have promised that the bill will feature “rock, hip-hop, R&B, Latin and dance” acts. Jay-Z also said to Rolling Stone that he said he thinks his wife Beyonce should have a “little gap in her schedule” in order to perform at the event.

Kanye West and Jay-Z start their ‘Watch The Throne’ UK tour on Friday (May 18), playing the first of five nights at London’s O2 Arena. As well as the London shows, which run from May 18 to May 22, the run also includes two shows at Manchester’s Evening News Arena on June 11 and 12, two shows at Birmingham’s LG Arena on June 13 and 22 and finally a date at Sheffield Motorpoint Arena on June 21.

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