Now that Britain has legalized gay marriage, singer Elton John and his long-time partner David Furnish will finally marry.
The two have been in a British civil partnership for eight years and never saw the need to get legally married.
“We don’t feel the need the need to take an extra step legally,” John, 67, told the Las Vegas Review Journal on his birthday at Fizz Las Vegas. “But since we’re committed for life, we feel it’s really important to take that extra step, and take advantage of that amazing change in legislation. We all live by example.”
Though the couple is known for their lavish parties, including a $2 million reception following their civil ceremony in 2005, their wedding will be a different story.
“We’ll do it very quietly,” he said. “But we will do it and it will be a joyous occasion and we will have our children.”
The couple have two children born via surrogate, three-year-old Zachary and one-year-old Elijah.
“I think what we’ll do is go to a registry office in England in May, and take the boys with us, and a couple of witnesses,” Furnish said.
John believes the more informed people are the more barriers come down. John, who went to school with Eric McCormack from Will & Grace, said that his friend’s show deserves thank-you cards for “starting a landslide of public acceptance through that show’s exposure to lovable characters.”
Both John and Furnish couldn’t imagine having the opportunity to marry even just a few years ago.
“My god, 20 years ago, when I started seeing Elton, if you asked me if I’d be able to get married, if I’d be able to have children, it was unthinkable, literally unimaginable,” Furnish said.
That’s why the two decided they need to take advantage of the fact that it’s legal now.
“Having our civil partnership was an incredible breakthrough for people that 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,” John said. “So for this legislation to come through is joyous, and we should celebrate it.”