Elton John and David Furnish are getting married! If you were anything like me, you’re probably thinking, “Wait, didn’t they get married a long time ago?” Well, sort of. They got a civil union eight years ago in the UK, when British politicians finally made it legal for same-sex partners to form some of union, but they didn’t call it marriage. Now the UK has OK’d same-sex marriage, so Elton and David are going to do it all again.
Elton John and longtime partner David Furnish are officially headed to the altar and set to be married in May. The two have been in a British civil partnership for eight years, but plan to wed now that gay couples can legally get married in England.
At John’s 67th birthday at Fizz Las Vegas on Friday, Furnish told the Las Vegas Review Journal: “We don’t feel the need to take an extra step legally. 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.”
Known for throwing large parties – they held a $2 million reception following their civil ceremony in 2005 – the couple said their wedding will be the antithesis of that.
“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, 51, said.
The couple have two children: Zachary, 3, and Elijah, 16 months.
My thought was that they probably are doing this more for the change in legal status, especially now that they’re parents to two young boys. Zachary Jackson Levon was born on Christmas day 2010, and then they welcomed Elijah Joseph Daniel in January 2012. My guess is that David Furnish wants everything to be in order legally, financially, what have you, mostly for the boys. I’ve always assumed that David had more to do with the boys than Elton, who seemed to go along with it because David wanted to be a father. All that being said, I don’t think Elton and David are going anywhere as a couple. They seem completely solid and like they’ve figured out what works for them. Mazel tov and good luck!
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