Singer-songwriter Sir Elton John has
vowed to marry partner David Furnish on the first day a same-sex
marriage law takes effect in England next year.
John, who is raising two children with
Furnish, discussed his plans in a CNN interview alongside tennis
legend Billie Jean King, who was outed through the course of a 1981
“Will you get married, Elton?”
Christiane Amanpour asked.
“Oh yeah, on [the] first day possible,”
John responded. “David and I are a very high-profile gay couple,
probably the most high-profile gay couple in the world. You have to
set an example. If you say, 'Listen guys this is our rights.' Can
you imagine 20 years ago, we'd have never thought this possible.
“Billy Jean, you and Ilana [Kloss]
are a very high-profile gay couple. You've been with Ilana more than
30 years, she's your partner in life. … Are you going to get
married?” Amanpour asked.
“I don't know. But we do discuss
it,” she said, adding that John has promised to perform at her
King explained that she was reluctant
“It's probably my problem, because …
of what I went through with the palimony and Marilyn [Barnett] and
obviously Larry [King]. It was a long, long, horrible experience
over many years. And I still think there's residual effects from
that. … I'm the problem, not Ilana.”