President Barack Obama may have gone under public scrutiny this week for defending his view that gay couples should have the right to marry, saying that the country has never gone wrong when it “expanded rights and responsibilities to everyone,” but rapper Jay-Z continues to back the politician.
Jay-Z has publicly supported the president since the 2008 campaign and will continue to do so through the 2012 elections. Mr. Z recently applauded Obama on his stance on gay marriage, telling CNN:
“I’ve always thought it as something that was still holding the country back. 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.”
Celebrities like Ellen DeGeneris, Neil Patrick Harris, Ricky Martin and even Snookie have come out and supported President Obama’s stance as well, but others aren’t as enthusiastic. Boxer Manny Pacquiao went as far as calling gay marriage “detestable” and fell back on the bible to support his views:
“Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve.”
This movement has been compared with the likes of voting rights, women’s rights, worker’s rights and equality rights. In hindsight, most Americans look back at these times and wonder “what were they thinking?!”
By Vero Gurdian