BEIJING, Nov. 26-- Elton John and his long-term partner David Furnish are to"marry" in a private ceremony with their parents as witnesses.
The couple's big day was expected to be a star-studded occasion attended by their celebrity friends, but they have decided to keep the ceremony low-key, although they will follow it up with an evening reception.
Elton said:"The ceremony itself will be very private. Itˇ¦ll be a very small family affair."
Elton and Mr Furnish, a Canadian-born film-maker, have been together for 12 years. They will tie the knot on December 21, becoming one of the first same-sex couples toˇ§marryˇ¨ after the new Civil Partnership Act, which permits gay couples to register their partnership, entitling them to the same pension and inheritance rights as married couples.
(Source: Times Online)