Elton John to have "quiet" wedding with partner David Furnish

Sir Elton John, left, and David Furnish attend the 22nd Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party at The City of West Hollywood Park on March 2, 2014, in West Hollywood, Calif. Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for EJAF

Elton John and his partner, David Furnish, are planning a low-profile wedding in May, following a change in British law allowing same-sex marriages.

The singer, 67, told NBC's "Today" show that he wants to celebrate "very quietly," and added: "It will be a joyous occasion and we will have our children."

The two men, who have been in a civil partnership since 2005, have two sons -- Zachary, 3, and Elijah, 1.

In quotes released on NBC's website Monday, the singer said: "We shouldn't just say 'Oh, well, we have a civil partnership, we're not going to bother to get married'. We will get married."

Furnish also told the Las Vegas Review-Journal, "We don't feel the need to take an extra step legally. 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."

"We're living in extraordinary times," he added. "My god, 20 years ago, when I started seeing Elton, if you asked me if I'd be able to get married, if I'd be able to have children, it was unthinkable, literally unimaginable."

Same-sex marriages were allowed for the first time in Britain Saturday, when a new marriage law came into effect.

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