Singer Elton John says that when he weds his longtime love David Furnish in England in a civil partnership on Wednesday, it will be "the happiest day of my life."
Sir Elton, 58, and David, a 43-year-old Canadian film producer, have been together for 12 years. The singer recently said the couple wanted a "very low-key" ceremony with only their parents present as witnesses. "They've been so fantastic to us and so supportive. Out of respect for their support, we want to just keep it small. Not to make a ballyhoo of the ceremony."
"There will be a party somewhere, but the day will be very low-key and we'll take our parents to lunch afterwards."
John wrote in London's The Observer that it's been a long struggle for gay rights, but now they have "real civil rights, tolerance and final acceptance in our lives."
Gay civil partnerships will become legal in England and Wales on Wednesday, although the British government is not calling them "marriages."