Beenie Man Says He Supports Gay Rights

The reggae star issues statement endorsing same-sex relationships despite his controversial lyrics.

Posted: 05/21/2012 06:11 PM EDT
Beenie Man

In a video posted on YouTube last week [May 14] reggae star Beenie Man expressed his support of gay rights.

"Listen to what I have to say," he said. "Let me make this clear and straight. I have nothing against no one. I respect each and every human being. Regardless of which race and creed. Regardless of which religious beliefs you believe in and regardless of which sexual preference you have, including gay and lesbian people. I respect all humans."

In the past Beenie has been criticized for anti-gay lyrics in his music. In the minute-and-a-half video, the dancehall star addressed the criticism over his music in the past.

“We are human people this is what we do,” said Beenie Man. “Do not fight against me for some song that I sing 20 years ago.… Now I know that people live in the world that live their life differently from my life. I still have to respect another human. So please I’m begging you do not [have] me up for what some songs that I wrote.… Just love the music and respect the music. And I love and respect each and everyone.”

T.I., who went on record to clarify controversial comments about gays last year, and Jay-Z are two other big names in hip hop that have recently come out to share their support for gay rights in the wake of President Barack Obama's decision to endorse gay marriage.

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