Hip hop icon Jay-Z on Monday compared same sex marriage bans to discrimination against black people.


"I have always thought of it as something that is still holding the country back," he told CNN's Poppy Harlow. "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."

President Barack Obama recently declared that same sex couples should be able to get married.

"I think it was the right thing to do," Jay-Z said. "So whether it cost him votes or not -- 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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