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Elton John to marry long-time partner

Published on Mar 31, 2014 9:44 AM
Musician Elton John (left) and his husband David Furnish arrive at the 2014 Elton John AIDS Foundation Oscar Party in West Hollywood, California, on March 2, 2014. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

WASHINGTON (AFP) - Pop icon Elton John says he will tie the knot with partner David Furnish now that his native Britain has legalised gay marriage.

The top-selling artist told NBC's Today show that "we'll do it very quietly". "But we will do it and it will be a joyous occasion," John added.

The couple, who have two children together, entered into a civil partnership in 2005.

A historic law legalising same-sex marriage took effect in England and Wales on Saturday, the final stage in the long fight for legal equality for gays and lesbians.

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