Jay-Z Stands Up for Gay Marriage, Obama
While President Obama's recent declaration of support for marriage equality has divided some of his supporters, Jay-Z has his back.
"I've always thought of it as something that was still holding the country back," Jay-Z told CNN after a press conference for his Made in America music festival on Monday. "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."
As to whether the decision would impact the president's reelection campaign, the MC said Obama's remarks were "the right thing to do as a human being."
"I think it's the right thing to do, so whether it costs him votes or not - again, it's not about votes. It's about people," he said.
Jay-Z's festival, which he'll curate and headline, is set for Sept. 1 and 2 in Philadelphia. In the meantime, the prolific rapper's taking a break from the studio to spend time with his family.
"I thought I would be more inspired to have all these new feelings to talk about, but I really just want to hang out with my daughter," Jay-Z, who welcomed baby Blue Ivy Carter earlier this year, told Billboard on Monday. "I want to enjoy this time for what it is. I'm sure that bug to get back in the studio will come back at some point."