Following the legalisation of same-sex marriage across England and Wales last week, Sir Elton John has announced the news that he and long-term partner David Furnish are planning to tie the knot.
The global superstar told NBC: “We’ll do it very quietly. But we will do it and it will be a joyous occasion.”
He adds: “I’m very proud of Britain and the laws that we’ve seen come into existence since we’ve been together.”
“Having our civil partnership was an incredible breakthrough for people who have campaigned for a long time – through the ’60s and the ’50s in England when it was so hard to be gay and hard to be open about it. And it was a criminal act.”
He continues: “So for this legislation to come through is joyous, and we should celebrate it. We shouldn’t just say, ‘Oh, well we have a civil partnership. We’re not going to bother to get married.’ We will get married.”
Of the decision, David Furnish tells Attitude magazine: “Elton and I will marry. As a high-profile couple, we feel it is our duty to do it, to make sure that everyone knows that this is something that many gay men living in this country never dreamed would happen.”
“Elton and I both think there is a massive difference between calling someone your ‘partner’ and calling them your ‘husband’. ‘Partner’ is such an impersonal word and doesn’t adequately describe the love we have for each other.”
“I think we’ll go to a register office in England in May, and take the boys with us, and a couple of witnesses.”