Elton John and David Furnish plan to marry in Los Angeles and London
Elton John and David Furnish may be planning several weddings, for when equal marriage is legal in the UK, and in Los Angeles, when it becomes legal there.
In October, Sir Elton called on the government not to concede to the opponents of equal marriage and said he would “love nothing more than to make history again” by turning his civil partnership into a marriage.
The pop veteran spoke movingly of his 19-year-long relationship to partner David Furnish, and urged the government to press ahead with its plans for equal marriage. The pair entered into a civil partnership in the UK in 2005.
According to Hollyscoop, Mr Furnish incorrectly said that equal marriage was legal in the UK, but said that the couple would return to Britain to renew their vows, as well as doing the same in LA once equal marriage is legal there.
He said: “Los Angeles is like a second home to us,” he said. “We have a civil partnership, but gay marriage has now been legalised in the UK.
“When we go back to Britain, we will definitely renew our vows under the gay marriage act but to do it here in Los Angeles, which is a second home to us, we’d love to do it here too!”
Suggesting that he and Sir Elton may hold more weddings elsewhere, he went on to say “Let’s renew those vows everywhere they become legal!”
He went on to say that their doing so would be in solidarity with equal marriage efforts around the world.
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The couple welcomed Elijah Joseph Daniel Furnish-John, who was born at 6.40pm on Friday 11 January. He was born at 8lb 4oz, and was a much- wanted brother for the couple’s first child, two-year-old Zachary,
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