Elton John, partner David Furnish to marry 'quietly' in May

Elton John , right, and his longtime partner,

Elton John , right, and his longtime partner, David Furnish, after their civil ceremony on Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2005 at the Guildhall in the town of Windsor, England. (Credit: AP / Lefteris Pitarakis)

Elton John and his partner David Furnish are planning a low-profile wedding in May, following a change in British law allowing gay marriages.

The singer told NBC's Today show that he wants to celebrate "very quietly," and added: "It will be a joyous occasion and we will have our children."

The two men, who have been in a civil partnership since 2005, have two children.

In quotes released on NBC's website Monday, the singer said: "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."

Same-sex marriages were allowed for the first time in Britain Saturday, when a new marriage law came into effect.

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