Rapper Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter has compared opposition to gay marriage to racial discrimination.
The 42-year-old Jay-Z, who holds the record for the most number one albums by a solo artist on the Billboard 200 and is a part-owner of the NBA's Brooklyn Nets, explained his position to CNN.
"I've always thought [of] it as something that's still holding the country back," he said. "You know what people do in their own homes is, you know, their business. You chose to love whomever you love. You know, that's their business."
"It's no different than discriminating against blacks. It's discrimination, plain and simple."
When asked whether President Barack Obama's support for gay nuptials would lose him votes – in particular votes in the African-American community – Jay-Z answered that the question was not relevant.
"It's the right thing to do. So whether it costs him votes or not. Again, it's really not about votes. It's about people. So whether it costs him votes or not, I think it's the right thing to do, as a human being," Jay-Z said.