Sir Elton John has revealed that he will marry his partner David Furnish in May.
The pair have been together for 20 years and have been in a civil partnership since 2005 but will now take advantage in changes to the law in England and Wales that allow same-sex marriage for the first time.
“I’m very proud of Britain and the laws that we’ve seen come into existence since we’ve been together,” Sir Elton told the Las Vegas Review Journal.
“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,” he continued.
“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.”
While the couple’s civil partnership ceremony was a high-profile event held in Windsor with 650 guests, David Furnish said the wedding would be a low-key affair.
“With the kids, everything is different,” he said. “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.”
The couple have two sons. Zachary was born in 2010 and Elijah was born last year.