Singer Elton John and longterm partner David Furnish will marry in May.

Furnish confirmed the planned date with the Las Vegas Review Journal.

“We don't feel the need to take an extra step legally,” Furnish said. “But since we're committed for life, we feel it's really important to take that step, and take advantage of that amazing change in legislation. We all live by example.”

Furnish made his comments on Saturday, the first day a law allowing gay and lesbian couples to marry went into effect in Britain and Wales.

(Related: Gay couples set to marry in Britain.)

The couple, who entered a British civil partnership eight years ago, are raising two boys: Zachary, 3, and Elijah, 16 months.

During a CNN interview in November, John was asked if he planned to marry Furnish.

“Oh yeah, on 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. Celebrate.”

Furnish promised a low-key celebration: “But with the kids, everything is different. I think what we'll do is go to a registry office in England in May, and take the boys with us, and a couple of witnesses.”