More than 1,500 New Yorkers gathered today in Manhattan to mourn the death of a 32 year-old gay man, who was shot down on Friday just blocks away from the historic Stonewall Inn in an apparent act of anti-gay bias.
Jay-Z Speaks Out in Support of Marriage Equality
In a recent CNN interview, rapper Jay-Z spoke out in favor of President Obama’s endorsement of marriage equality for same-sex couples. He described the President's stance on marriage equality as “the right thing to do as a human being,” and said that to deny marriage to same-sex couples is “discrimination, plain and simple.”
Speaking about the fact that marriage for gay and lesbian couples is not currently recognized nationwide, he said “I’ve always thought it as something that's still holding the country back.” Jay-Z has been a longtime supporter of President Obama; performing at his inauguration and raising funds for his campaign.
With his comments in support of marriage equality, Jay-Z joins countless other entertainers and public figures echoing President Obama’s assertion that marriage between same-sex couple should be legally recognized. GLAAD thanks Jay-Z for adding his voice to the conversation and recognizing the need for full marriage equality. Watch his interview with CNN's Poppy Harlow below.
This month the United States Supreme Court will issue decisions on two cases critical to marriage equality. GLAAD is working with media outlets and couples around the country to push for marriage. Follow GLAAD for up to date news about the Supreme Court's decision at www.glaad.org/marriage