A longtime supporter of President Barack Obama, Jay-Z has recently spoken about why he backs the current president in his bid for reelection. The Brooklyn emcee spoke with CNN about why he agrees with President Obama’s stance on same-sex marriage and why he feels the president has done a commendable job thus far. 

“I’ve always thought it as something that was still holding the country back,” Jay-Z told CNN of the fact that same-sex marriage has not been allowed in the past. “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.”

“I think it’s the right thing to do,” he added. “It’s not about votes; it’s about people. Whether it costs him votes or not, I think it’s the right thing to do as a human being.”

Jay-Z went on to add praise for the president, noting the job President Obama has done with regards to the nation’s economy.

“Reversing the direction of the decline was a full time job in itself, so I think that it’s stabilizing a bit now as some of the numbers show,” he noted. 

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