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Video: US rapper and producer Jay-Z supports gay couples marrying

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  1. Fan-bloody-tastic

    This is what we need.

    Mainstream, people that relate to real people shouting out and saying equal marriage matters and should (and will) happen.

    More please!

    Hopefully we will have a range of celeb’s, personalities and real people that attract all generations and backgrounds!

  2. I think he and Beyonce should do a video message

  3. he certainly stands alone in the RnB music field – a lot of these rappers don’t come across as the most gay friendly in the world..

    1. That There Other David 15 May 2012, 5:59pm

      Kanye West is also pro-marriage equality. Quite publicly in support.

      1. Kanye West is a media attention whore though and will say anything if he thinks it means he will be relevant again. Remember Taylor Swift at the awards and throwing shade at Britney Spears on twitter.

        1. That’s counter-productive; slinging insults at people who support gay rights. What do you want only the people you like to support marriage equality?

          1. I may be wrong butthey are both black and some posters have a history of hating anything that comes from black people.

        2. Hodge Podge 16 May 2012, 1:17am

          Kanye West is endearingly earnest. But I’m glad he stands up for what he believes in.

          1. Paddyswurds 16 May 2012, 10:52am

            Ignore the troll. This is a typical james ism….

  4. Great news

    People are people x

  5. Robert in S. Kensington 15 May 2012, 6:21pm

    Amazing since some of his recordings are fraught with homophobic slurs. Obviously he’s evolved, good for him.

    We have The Saturdays supporting us. We need a lot more in the UK music industry declaring support and we also need some of the luminaries in the world of acting getting on board. I would have thought people like Emma Thompson, Colin Firth, Kenneth Branagh might have pitched in, assuming they support it. We need as much noise about it as we can get.

  6. Thank you Sir.

  7. Wow. I’m really impressed. Good man.

  8. In 10 years our world will be so much more evolved as far as human rights go. We will look back and feel ashamed that these discriminatory policies were in place at this time. In 10 years i bet most states in the U.S and ALL EU countries will have an equal marriage law and gay people have become a lot closer to overall acceptance in these countries.
    Also i believe that in Asia human rights have moved on in 10 years and that i.e Taiwan will have equal marriage.

  9. He’s married to Beyonce. Can you imagine if he didn’t support gay marriage? Oh the mess.

  10. As a high profile artist his support holds weight in this campaign but what is even more important is that he is a black artist. Maybe this will make those in the black community who are against equal marriage re-assess their own opinions?

    1. I’m glad you mentioned the black artist, as people who have backlashed against Obama’s statement have tried spinning the angle that in “pandering” for the LGB vote, he’s “alienated” the black community who helped him to power in the ’08 election race.

      I know your comment wasn’t about Obama. Neither was mine until the second clause of the first sentence. Whoops. Anyway!

      The point I’m making is that Jay-Z, for all the misogyny and f-bombing that have peppered his lyrics over time, he’s now stating something that will ideally get people to stop and think. I’m sure youth don’t typically listen to music for its politics (have youth ever gone for that over a good tune?), but it’s down to them to look at the dissonance. And yeah, the fact that he’s black DOES matter, if not solely because of LGBT people of colour who have a habit of being ignored for whatever reason.

  11. This is great news. However, we can see the most effective persuasive tool for gay rights has been television, pop-culture has done far more than any other government to promote our cause. Whilst the rap world is still notoriously homophobic, Jay-Z’s iconic status will hopefully create a new tide of acceptance, this site shouldn’t reflect on the bitter rantings of homophobes, that’s all too common and irrelevant. How about highlighting some real change pinknews? Like this.

  12. Well done Jay z a better attitude than people of the cloth. And he love s. Money and ho’s

  13. Good man!

  14. Paddyswurds 16 May 2012, 10:56am

    It is great and encouraging that someone form the R&B music world comes out in support like this, without any fear of how this will affect himself as it undoubtedly will, and just as Obama has, will probably be on the receiving end of homophobic and hate filled rhetoric similar to that slung by our troll “friend” james above……

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