Pop singer Elton John will marry his longtime partner, David Furnish, later this year or early next year, his publicist said Monday. The U.K.'s Mirror tabloid reported Monday that John, 58, would marry his Canadian partner, Furnish, 42, before Christmas.
Laws recognizing same-sex civil partnerships come into effect in the United Kingdom on December 5.
John spokesman Gary Furrow told the British Broadcasting Corp. that the nuptials may be postponed until 2006. "A date and a venue has not been set, so it may not be until next year."
The Mirror reported John as saying the wedding could be held in Windsor, west of London, where Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall were married earlier this month. "We definitely want to do it about the middle of December, probably in Windsor. But there will be no honeymoon. I'm on tour."
The pair may be among the first British gay couples to take advantage of new laws recognizing same-sex civil partnerships. The law, which is applicable only to gays and not as an alternative to straight marriage, grants lesbian and gay couples the same tax, pension, and inheritance status as married couples.
John has publicly credited Furnish, whom he has dated for 11 years, with helping him to overcome addictions to alcohol and drugs. (AP)