Are Elton John and David Furnish
planning to marry in Britain?
The couple entered a civil partnership
in 2004 and welcomed
the birth of Zachary Levon Furnish-John on Christmas Day in Los
Angeles two years ago.
Furnish, a filmmaker, is now speaking
out in favor of a proposal to legalize gay marriage in Britain before
2015, telling the UK's Metro
that he wants to be able to marry.
“I think we're living in really
pivotal times. It's the next great battle,” he told the magazine.
“Look at the history of civil rights
relating to people's nationality and color. Black people were
getting the right to vote in America not that long ago – within
lifetimes – and parts of the world, where women don't have any
rights at all or have very limited rights,” Furnish, 49, added.
In 2008, after voters approved
Proposition 8, California's gay marriage ban, Sir Elton said domestic
partnerships, a union similar to his own civil partnership, should
suffice for gay and lesbian couples.
Last year, Rush Limbaugh bristled away
the controversy of Sir Elton performing at his wedding by saying that
“Elton John is on the same page as I am, as is Obama on gay
marriage. He's for civil unions, but he's not for marriage.”
But last year, Sir Elton moved off that
singer raised more than $3 million performing for the American
Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER), a group formed specifically
to support a legal challenge to Proposition 8.