Elton John to have 'quiet' wedding with partner

Ceremony with longtime partner follows U.K. gay marriage change

3/31/2014
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British musician Elton John , right, and his longtime partner David Furnish in 2005.

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British musician Elton John , right, and his longtime partner David Furnish in 2005.
British musician Elton John , right, and his longtime partner David Furnish in 2005.

Elton John and his partner David Furnish are planning a low-profile wedding in May, following a change in British law allowing gay marriages.

The singer told NBC’s Today show that he wants to celebrate “very quietly,” and added: “It will be a joyous occasion and we will have our children.”

The two men, who have been in a civil partnership since 2005, have two children.

In quotes released on NBC’s website today, the singer said: “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.”

Same-sex marriages were allowed for the first time in Britain Saturday, when a new marriage law came into effect.