Elton John is getting married!
Responding to a question from Jimmy Kimmel on his late night talk show Monday night, Elton John revealed that he plans to marry his longtime partner David Furnish (below, right,) next May, when England’s new same-sex marriage law takes effect.
Elton and David entered into a civil union in 2005, when such partnerships became legal in England, but the singer has always maintained that he would marry David if the law in England ever allowed same-sex marriages.
The couple have recently started a family, welcoming Zachary Jackson Levon Furnish-John, in December 2010, and Elijah Joseph Daniel Furnish-John last January. Both babies were born to surrogate mothers.
Yeah, we will next May, when [the legislation] comes out.” Elton told Jimmy Kimmel. “I mean if those laws are being made for people like us who 30, 40 years ago, you know, it was very hard to even come out of the closet. In England, we’ve had the civil partnership, which we did in 2005. And that made a huge difference; a commitment to your relationship. I didn’t think it would, but it did. And it really helped our relationship. And if the laws are going to help us again, then as a famous gay couple we will do it. It’s our duty to do it, to make sure everyone knows that this is something that is a gift from, you know, that we never dreamed we would get.
Elton also reiterated his determination to perform in Russia this December, where opposition to his concerts seem to be growing. A parents’ group has written to President Putin asking that the concert be cancelled, and both Muslim and Christian Orthodox clergy are spearheading campaigns to have the singer banned from entering Russia. The rhetoric has been heating up of late, with a Muslim cleric calling Elton a pedophile and a pederast, stirring up the passions of the local citizens. Elton, however, seems determined to perform, to show his support the Russian LGBT community under siege by a rise in anti-gay sentiment in that country.
You can watch Elton and Jimmy below:
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