Jay-Z Explains Why He Supports Gay Marriage

The hip-hop mogul says it's wrong to not afford gay couples the same rights: "It is no different than discriminating against blacks"

Jay-Z isn't shy about sharing his feelings -- whether it's about his beautiful wife and baby or about a political cause he supports, like gay marriage.

While promoting the Budweiser music festival in Philadelphia on Monday, the hip-hop mogul (whose real name is Shawn Carter) explained that he supports the right of every couple -- gay or straight -- to marry if they choose, Us Weekly reports.

"I have always thought of it as something that is still holding the country back," Jay-Z, 42, told CNN. "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."

The happy husband to Beyoncé and new father to baby Blue Ivy is the latest in a long list of celebrities (including Alec Baldwin, Ellen DeGeneres and Kim Kardashian) who've spoken out in support of President Barack Obama's recently announced support of gay marriage.

"I think it was the right thing to do," Jay-Z said of the President's historic announcement. "It's really not about votes. It's about people. So whether it cost him votes or not, I think it was the right thing to do as a human being."

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