Jay-Z Voices Support for Gay Marriage

Jay-Z

Jay-Z is speaking out in support of gay marriage. Following President Obama’s endorsement of same-sex marriage last week, the Roc Nation mogul has weighed in on the hot topic.

“I’ve always thought it as something that’s still holding the country back,” the rapper told CNN during a press conference for his “Made in America” festival in Philadelphia. “What people do in their own homes is their business. You can choose to love whoever you love. It’s no different than discriminating against blacks. It’s discrimination plain and simple.”

He responded to critics who claim it will cost Obama votes in the upcoming election. “I think it’s the right thing to do, so whether it costs him votes or not… Again, it’s not about votes, it’s about people,” he explained. “I think it’s the right thing to do as a human being.”

When it comes to his music, Mr. Carter doesn’t have any immediate plans to head back into the studio following the birth of his daughter Blue Ivy Carter. “I thought that I would after my daughter was born. I thought I would be more inspired with all the new feelings and everything that I’d have to write about, but it really happened the other way,” he told MTV News. “I just really wanna hang out with her. I just wanna enjoy those moments for a bit and I’m sure that feeling of music will come back to me.”

Jay-Z will join Kanye West on the European leg of the “Watch the Throne” tour, which kicks off May 18 in London.



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93 Comments

  1. -Hoars

    ch….

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  2. ME

    That’s right HOV support the gays! Equality for all! It’s about time we make discrimination a thing of the past people.

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  3. you know my name !

    Wow jay z is a strong good man

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  4. Ouch!

    Well, this is a surprise! I never thought I would see somebody like him support gay marriage! Then again, he probably said it just cause Obama supports it…

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    @mobarz Reply:

    @Ouch!,WHY COULNDT HE HAVE SAID IT CUZ HE WANTED TO…SMFH

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  5. Cranberry

    Good for you, Jay.

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  6. yeahyeah

    i deff am a fan of jay z now thanks for your support .

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  7. Marc Jacobs Jr.

    Well Good for Jay Z but he would really be on to something if he signed a Openly Artist! Let’s see him take it a step further then piggy backing off of obamas desperate attempt to stay in office.

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    Sumner. Reply:

    @Marc Jacobs Jr., i could honestly see Jay-Z signing a gay artist, maybe not -8 years ago, but he’s matured alot over the years, hes not hung up on being GANGSTER anymore

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    maya Reply:

    @Sumner., exactly! Eminem is another example. Early in his career he would have homophobic lyrics, now he doesn’t see anything wrong with it & a dear friend of Elton John.

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    Mikey Martini Reply:

    @Marc Jacobs Jr., I second that.

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  8. Iceman

    What I fear is that soon after it’s legalized nationwide, laws will be put in place expanding these “hate crime laws”…in short, pastors could be locked up for preaching their church’s official teaching.

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    Thort Reply:

    @Iceman, Are you serious? When has anything said in the church lead to preachers or anyone in the congregation being persecuted? WTH. No one carious about the bippity boppity boo they speak in there. It’s irrelevant there, and outside which is more of the reason why people need to quit trying to use religion as a basis for how a secular body governs itself. sheesh

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  9. the truth

    jay is a satanist, its very clear now!! pushing the agenda of the devil, gay marriage isnt natural and even the gays know it too. people if u have feelings to the same sex, u need to pray for deliverence frm the homosexual spirit, cause contray to popular believe, u were not born that way, its the homo spirit thats makin u feel that way, it is not your true self. when the spirit is removed ur natural sexuality will be restored. pray and read the word and find a church and be serious about changing!!! it wont happen over night as the homo spirit is very sturbon but the holy spirit will help u overcome it. search google for people who were delivered frm the homosexual spirit and their natural sexuality restored. Jesus died so you could be free from that spirit. God died so that u be free. May god bless u and give u the grace to hold on…u know who u r. God is speaking to u.

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    Alex! Reply:

    @the truth, wow! yes!!! :) Amen!

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    Ricky Reply:

    @Alex!, you are a disgusting internet brainwashed slave

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    Redchainsaw Reply:

    @the truth, that extremely stupid notion of believing that you can “pray the gay away” has been proven many times that it does NOT work, those who say it does are simply lying, because they have been brain washed enough into thinking that they will burn in hell for all eternity, so they then live a lie with holding all their true feelings back as though it’s an addiction of some sort. Your values and views are your own don’t impose them onto others, the bible wasn’t written by GOD, so noe of you “So Called Christtians” know exactly how he feels about homosexuality.

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    lewminous Reply:

    @Redchainsaw, Thank you!!!

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    Henry Reply:

    @the truth, Ur an idiot

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    Thecool Reply:

    @the truth, “Homo Spirit” who ever told you that phrase needs GOD and im not a very good bible quoter but when did GOD himself die. And u calling this man a Sananist when it DOES say in the bible that “he without sin shall cast the first stone” Your really the dumb one cause no matter what the bible says in America denying somebody legal rights because race age gender or sexual pref. is called Discrimination. Get right

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    eXtreme.com Reply:

    @the truth, im a jay fan, but i must say i agree 100% with everthing else you said. PEOPLE THE TRUTH HURTS (pun intended)

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    msteefromdc Reply:

    @the truth, AMEN!!! I WAS HOPING SOMEONE WOULD POST THE TRUTH. AND THAT’S EXACTLY WHAT U SAID. I LIKE THE FACT THAT YOU ARE STANDING UP FOR WHAT’S RIGHT AND NOT BEING A GROUPIE OF JIGGA AND OBAMA. IT’S TIME FOR YALL PEOPLE TO WAKE UP. HOMOSEXUALITY IS NOT RIGHT. I AM BY NO MEANS JUDGING ANYONE THAT’S FOR GOD TO DO…BUT I WILL ALWAYS VOICE MY OPINION ON THE SUBJECT.

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    Mentamir Reply:

    @msteefromdc, what is so wrong about? Have you ever taken some time out of your life to ask yourself that question? Because, supposedly (I am not religious), it says so in The Bible? Does that give you enough reason to believe that homosexuality is wrong? Explain to me. Because I don’t see anything wrong with it. My cousin is a lesbian and she recently got married. I love her and she is a good person, she has always been. So you’re trying to tell me that my cousin is doing something wrong? I refuse to believe that. If The Bible would’ve said that being black is a sin, would you believe it? I understand that religion is a very personal and serious thing, but at one point you have to stop and see for yourself what makes sense. It doesn’t make sense to believe that homosexuality is wrong. It makes sense to believe it isn’t. And I don’t have all the answers, by no means, but this kind of mindset that you have is destructive. Be loyal to your faith, but while doing that, still think for yourself.

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  10. whitechocolate

    i would watch this calmed down ass if they video would load. he needs to find the fire again……………………..

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  11. Kyle

    People have a blurry conception of homosexuality and rap artists. I feel like more rap artists support gay rights than some people may think. Like Jay says, at the end of the day it’s really nobody’s business except YOURS. Love who you wanna love.

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  12. Coco

    oh?

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  13. phucku

    I feel you Jay. Niceee

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  14. Realist

    Whatever. I don’t support it, never will.

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    DRB Reply:

    @Realist, I’m not an “it” and neither or my rights. I personally would never want to get married but the hypocrisy is absurd.

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    Realist Two Reply:

    @Realist,

    If you arent marrying a gay.. then you shouldnt care boo boo!
    Dont support it.. you dont have to.. but dont be against it!

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  15. naira

    from bitches and hoes to supporting gay marriage, jigga is officially a man!! There is a God…Now we need him and his wife to disappear so we can pay much needed attention to other talents!!!!

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  16. CriticalMind

    i think this issue looks simple but at the same time its way complicated than that, fine same sex marriage shouldnt be a big deal, people can love whom ever they want to,
    but another notion is that “any pleasure that leads to displeasure at the end is not a right pleasure”
    ok fine same sex live together and have the opportunity to adopt in a kid what is the effect they have on that kid when it comes to selecting what sexual direction he or she will like to go? does having him or her raised by same sex automotically impose that into it whether he or she likes or not.

    I think this is a debate that will go on and on, but at the standing point its only God that can judge us and the decision is with him. none of humans knows exactly what is perfectly right only God knows.

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    DD Reply:

    @CriticalMind,
    niiga u damn right … i just cant agree God made woman for some fuking reason …

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  17. C1

    Roc life!!

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  18. CriticalMind

    obama agrees, jay z agrees, you agree or i agree doesnt make it right only God Almighty knows whats right.

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  19. DD

    yoo man i cant never support that … is just unfair for me a man marrying a man its weird G, that aint no human’right . The world have been changing now , and alot … for worst and one of the worstest changes and laws that the world have ever made is this one … gay marriage G. Gof made a woman for something … if u lot thinking that gay marriage is right then tell me why da hell God made woman for!? and why didnt he just kept da man !? he did both of em cuz he knew and we all know that we gotta be dealing woman not man to man , wTF man … i never killed before but im capable to kill one gay if he approach me dawmn … what the fuck is wrong with u people man … too desapointed Jay really never expected that from u … glad u married one of the hottest girls in da world , but c mon … supporting gay marriage !? fuck that…

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    Alex! Reply:

    @DD, you don’t have to kill gays because you disagree with their stance of sexuality. hate crimes don’t help anything at all. they make things worse.

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    4real G Reply:

    @DD,

    instead of being threatened by gays and what they do, you should be threatened by the possibility of mitt romney becoming president. i swear ppl have some mixed up ass priorities these days

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    Support Nothing Reply:

    @4real G, I rather Mitt Romney being President than to have a government, that allow this thing to continue

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    4real G Reply:

    @Support Nothing,

    If thats you primary political concern, then my friend you deserve romney as your president. maybe you can teach him a few things as he destroys America along with your political identity. There are bigger fish to fry and if two dudes or two women stops that for you, maybe you should seek personal assistance.

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    Redchainsaw Reply:

    @DD, 1st i’ll advise you learn how to write and spell, secondly if GOD had only created women then wouldn’t they all be gay?, seeing that they would be the only gender on earth, think you ignoramous. You’re talking about killing someone for being gay? gay doesn’t just mean man to man, there are also gay women. Your issue is with gay man, why is that? do you have some sexual identity problems?

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    DD Reply:

    @Redchainsaw,
    love and peace doe ,
    im not completely american ,to be writing
    perfectly like most of u guys , that ain’t a thang cuz i learn quick anyway that’s first , Second … i just disagree , what now ? each of us has their opinions so lets respect they argument and they’re comment G … is just a law that shouldn’t never exist for me . Besides i can spell properly is just cuz most of the times when im leaving a message i never confirm i just send it

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    DD Reply:

    @Redchainsaw,
    oh and we dont call woman gay woman , where did you get that gay woman from !? it has a name … to woman in case she married a woman …

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    DRB Reply:

    @DD, It’s “weird.” What a strong argument.

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    RomanReloaded Reply:

    @DD, You Should Be Called For Being Ignorant. Thats Why People Like You Never Prosper . Sense You Wanna Get Biblical You Have No Right To Take Away Somebody’s Life . So You Need To Seek God For Some Spiritual Deliverance because True “Christians” Wouldn’t Say That. I Know That Jesus Wouldn’t So Why Do It.?

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  20. hero

    fake fake fake fake fake

    this is the same n!gga that used ‘fag,’ ‘bitch’ ‘hoe’ and other derogatory terms in his rhymes. n!gga please.

    how about jay and his ‘bitch’ get out of the presidents and first lady’s ass and take their old asses to retirement home.

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    Iceman Reply:

    @hero, Trust me, that will happen on January 20, 2013…because we’ll have a NEW President and First Lady then!

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    RealIssh Reply:

    @hero, Him & his bitch are supporters and innovators for The President & his First Lady . The CEO & his First Lady CEO are equal to them so there’s no ass kissing .

    Except what you’re doing now .

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    maya Reply:

    @hero, It’s called maturing. You’re referring to songs that came out during his early career. Kill the noise.

    & that bitch of his is far from old, she’s 30.

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    the avengers Reply:

    @hero, LMAO dead

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  21. Baby Boy

    I think that there own opinion,u cant change that…some people were born been Gay…DAT THERE OWN oPINION..SO STOP THE DESCRIMINATION

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  22. Im the best 1

    Some of u all are regarding to men on men relations but please not forget about women on women! It baffles me that some dudes thinkl about they’re pleasure before pple feelings and rights! What some anti- gay folks fail to realize is that its better you not speak to soon because you never know what position in life you might need to answer to somebody that’s gay! Job, school etc! Do your thang jay! Let pple live

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  23. yeahyeah

    people fail to realize gay people are born this way

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    msteefromdc Reply:

    @yeahyeah, JUST IGNORANCE…DO U ACTUALLY THINK GOD MAKES ANYONE GAY???? WE ARE ALL CREATED IN HIS IMAGE AND NOT ONE PERSON ON THIS EARTH WERE MADE TO LIKE THE SAME SEX…ITS DEFINITELY A CHOICE.

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    Hokum Reply:

    @msteefromdc, Trust me I know gay people who have been harassed and wish that they were straight just so they wouldn’t have to deal with life…you don’t think that people who commit suicide who are gay wish it were a choice because of ignorant people like you?…being gay is not a choice it’s something that they were born being just like you were likely born straight…you are so ignorant…I know one thing that god did not create …ignorant, bigots/assholes like you…

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  24. Rap*LovesJesus

    LOL. gays believe everything and support everyone that goes aorund saying “i love gays”. Yall need to question this.

    Funny, he could only say it after Obama did and he used the word fags back in the day.
    + Nowadays u cant ve against gays bc they have taken over.

    Yall to naiv

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  25. Julian

    It’s discrimination at the end of the day

    The bible was used to not grant blacks and women their rights and today its being used against gays.

    Kudos to Jay…he’s educated and intelligent enough to know it’s the right thing to do

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  26. Henry

    Wow. It sucks how people can be so harsh on the topic of homosexuality. I have no fear. People are becoming more intelligent as the years pass. As older conservative generations die out new loving generations are taking their place. I really doubt that an all mighty & knowing being would have anything against love between two adults. This world is so fucked up as it is to deny someone the right to love. Is horrible

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    Support Nothing Reply:

    @Henry, Love is between a man and a woman. God created Adam & Eve, not Adam & Adam nor Eve & Eve

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    maya Reply:

    @Support Nothing, You’ve missed a lot during science class. You still think God made all of us right?

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    msteefromdc Reply:

    @maya, U DAMN RIGHT, HE MADE ALL OF US..SO U SOUND DUMB. HAVE SEVERAL SEATS DEAR!

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    nojusthenry Reply:

    @msteefromdc, ur an idiot and so is @SupportNothing

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  27. DRB

    Dear Bible Thumpers, please read the rest of what’s said on that Leviticus page. I’m sure you disagree with it. Why are you ok disagreeing with something once it affects you or has been universally accepted as wrong? Anyone notice the hypocrisy and how we still interpret the Bible in a way that benefits the majority and always have throughout history?

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  28. No Support

    This is all politics right now. You know damn well as a Christian, President. Obama DOES NOT support this. That’s why any one who support this is probably going to Hell. “Trend” right

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    maya Reply:

    @No Support, I know plenty of Christians that support gay marriage. Do you really think all Christians are them same? Have SEVERAL seats.

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    No Support Reply:

    @maya, Those are what I call FAKE Christians.

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    maya Reply:

    @No Support, Christians are hypocrites anyway. Claiming to love all but dislike gays? I CAN’T.

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  29. maya

    Glad Jay spoke out about this. People act as if gays aren’t human beings. Black people should be the last to look down on them because of our history.

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    No Support Reply:

    @maya, I don’t know if you notice this or not but African Americans with common sense don’t support this. I hope Mitt Romney gets elected so he can banned this. There are somethings that needs to get banned

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    nojusthenry Reply:

    @No Support, again… your an idiot…

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  30. -_-

    you people are so stupid.

    you do realize regardless of what these celebrities believe, they can only say they support gay marriage. if they didn’t it would automatically break that bond with that demographic. they have to appeal to all audiences.

    no one would actually openly admit to not being pro-gay marriage, it would make them seem like they’re assholes. there’s no such thing as having an opinion on things when you’re a celebrity.

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    msteefromdc Reply:

    @-_-, TRUTH

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    Mentamir Reply:

    @-_-, actually, Polow da Don did. He is not Top Notch famous, but still…

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  31. #teamminaj

    As a gay american I applaud Jay z for supporting gay marriage

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  32. tripee

    pple r just tryin to mk dis gay stuff luk cool is vry bad in every way i cant stand God neva created any man to lyk his follow man or a woman to lyk her follow woman he made adam & Eva nt Eva n Eva jay z n obama r d kind of pple dat r spoiling the world wit dere evil way of life..i hate gays n will neva lyk dem 4 any reason wat so ever dey suck big time .

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    #teamminaj Reply:

    @tripee, are you gay?

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  33. Negwhite

    Hmm dis topic’s cool, well 1st, jayz nd obama work hand in hand 4 those who knw wat i mean, nd 2nd, pple pls itz all about politics, cos recently music is jst like d new cnn news or fox tv, so jayz sayin all dis shit, he dont mean, means itz goin 2 spread round d globe like theraful, people pls dis shit is jst 4 campain notin more, he’s jst doin as he was told, and Obama nids more vote datz y he’s supportin gay marriage cos he knows dey have a community, so more communities more vote, so gays pls itz jst politics, dont get so happy, COS DEY DONT CARE ABOUT US.

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  34. tripee

    Dis tin is so wrong dat even animals cant even do it y on earth will som pple dat dey r born gays is vry bad i dnt kwn hw a man will b luvin a follow man wat will attract u to a follow is it dere strong body or wat evil spirit dat is wat is disturbing fuck all gays i hate dem

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    Cranberry Reply:

    @tripee, Homosexuality has been found in animals though… 1500 species, as a matter of fact.

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  35. Lakers82

    As a society, we’re starting to accept everything that happens to us. When in reality this is God putting us through a test, in which if we fail, it will be another 400 years were he doesn’t listen to our prays.

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    Mentamir Reply:

    @Lakers82, what kind of God would force us to exclude human beings for being who they are? Why would you praise a God that is breaking us apart? I don’t believe that God would be like that. Humans are like that, after all they have proven it every chance they get.

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  36. I.H.G

    Unacceptable

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  37. Fa

    some of the comments here show the ugly side of america!
    Read and educate yourselves before u form an opinion!
    Reading the bibel alone does not make u educated!

    I pray to the same god as all of you but who are u to tell me that my god is not as good as your god?

    Gays have rights!
    That is a fact cause all humans have rights!

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    Kingtonz Loev Reply:

    @Fa, Right about that

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  38. Thort

    Ugh. Ignorance runs wild. God this God that. God’s words are written in a bible, The United States follows a Constitution that protects humans rights! If you think Gays marrying is wrong – as God told you – it isn’t your job to judge them, its his. If God gives free will, who are you to take it from them? Let gay people be happy and do what they want, and if you think they are going to hell, keep thinking that. Just don’t be part of a Majority that wants to take away rights from a minority. That definitely IS a civil rights issue. I suspect no one remembers anything form their government/civics classes.

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  39. TheDreamer

    It’s good for Jay to support gay marriage. How do gay people affect hetrosexuals anyway?

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  40. Kingtonz Loev

    nice to hear that from Jay-z

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  41. TheDreamer

    Great to hear that Jay supports this.

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  42. bazza

    if marriage is between a man and a woman then gay marriage can’t exist. obama is really saying i want to change the meaning of the word marriage..

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    Mentamir Reply:

    @bazza, COULD YOU IMAGINE? Wow. What if the meaning of that word would change, so that no one would be excluded? That would be the absolute end of the world. Not.

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  43. Realist

    Marriage was created in the church, so the church defines it. And that definition is based on one man and one woman. “Gay” people – go and get your own definition/concept/whatever and fight for that.

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    Mentamir Reply:

    @Realist, my parents aren’t religious and they got married. Yes, it was created in church. Hip hop was created in The Bronx, guess all other areas should be excluded as well then? Your shit isn’t makin’ any sense. I’ll believe that homosexuality is a sin, when someone can give me an educated answer. So far, I’ve only seen people who just quote either The Bible or each other. Seriously, take a look at yourself and realize what damage you’re doing to this earth by denying someone’s true self by robbing them from living a married, united life.

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    nojusthenry Reply:

    @Realist, look up your facts… marriage was not created by the christian or catholic churches… bahhahah unions have been around before roman times… the fuck…

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