Sir Elton John, David Furnish To Marry

"We'll do it very quietly. But we will do it and it will be a joyous occasion."

Across the weekend, something changed in Britain.

No, it wasn't the clocks going forward an hour – legislation was enacted which meant that gay people could legally marry.

The news was met with a swathe of weddings, and now Sir Elton John has confirmed his intention to marry long term partner David Furnish.

The two have been in a civil partnership since 2005, but have now vowed to take that extra step. Speaking to NBC's Today show, Sir Elton John said: "We'll do it very quietly. But we will do it and it will be a joyous occasion."

"I'm very proud of Britain and the laws that we've seen come into existence since we've been together," the iconic singer said. "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."

"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."

David Furnish told Las Vegas Review-Journal that the pair wanted to set an example for other couples. "We don't feel the need to take an extra step legally" he said. "But since we're committed for life, we feel it's really important to take that step, and take advantage of that amazing change in legislation. We all live by example."

(via BBC)

Elton John, of course, stepped in to guest edit Clash Magazine earlier this year – check out that issue HERE.

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