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Elton John to marry in 'quiet' wedding in May

Sir Elton John has said that he and his partner David Furnish are to marry "quietly" in May, following a change in the law that allows same-sex marriages.

Sir Elton John and David Furnish who are aiming for a "low-key" wedding in May following a change in the law which allows same-sex marriages Credit: PA

Sir Elton, 67, told told NBC's Today show: "We'll do it very quietly. But we will do it and it will be a joyous occasion and we will have our children."

The couple underwent a civil partnership eight years ago on the day such ceremonies were introduced.

Sir Elton - who has two children with Furnish - said: "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."

Furnish, 51, told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that the couple don't feel the need to take "the extra step legally" but said "We all live by example.”

The film director said that the pair have famously enjoyed hosting big parties in the past, “But with the kids, everything is different."

He told the newspaper that the ceremony would take place in an English registry office in May "with a couple of witnesses."

Putin: Elton John is 'an extraordinary person'

Russian President Vladimir Putin said musician Elton John is "an extraordinary person" as he defended his country's stance on homosexuality ahead of the Winter Olympics in Sochi, during an interview with BBC1's Andrew Marr Show.

Elton John has been called "an extraordinary person" by Vladimir Putin. Credit: Roman Vondrous/Czech News Agency

Mr Putin said: "Read our law carefully - and pay attention to its name. It's called a 'ban on the propaganda of paedophilia and homosexuality'. There are countries, including in Europe, where they're debating the possibility of legalising paedophilia. Publicly discussing this, in parliament.

"They can do what they want, but the people of Russia have their own cultural code, their own traditions.

"It seems to me that the law we adopted doesn't harm anybody. What's more, homosexual people can't feel inferior here, because there is no professional, career or social discrimination against them.

"When they achieve great success, for example Elton John - he's an extraordinary person, a distinguished musician, and millions of our people sincerely love him, regardless of his sexual orientation."

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