Jay-Z made his big Philly music festival announcement on Monday (May 14), during which he spoke to press about various topics, including his stance on gay marriage. During his sit-down with CNN, the hip-hop mogul was asked about his opinion on gay marriage, following President Obama’s endorsement of same-sex marriage last week.

“I’ve always thought it as something that’s still holding the country back,” Jay told CNN. “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 also offered his opinion on Obama’s endorsement and how it may effect his upcoming presidential campaign.

“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,” Jay explained. “I think it’s the right thing to do as a human being.”