Following this weekend's legalisation of same-sex marriage in England and Wales, Sir Elton John and David Furnish have revealed that they will marry.

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As one of the first couples to enter into a civil partnership in 2005, David and Elton have said it is their "duty" to marry and help raise the profile of such an historic occasion.

The Tiny Dancer singer told NBC's  Today  programme: "We'll do it very quietly. But we will do it and it will be a joyous occasion."

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"I'm very proud of Britain and the laws that we've seen come into existence since we've been together."

"Having our civil partnership was an incredible breakthrough for people that have campaigned for a long time - through the '60s and the '50s in England when it was so hard to be gay and hard to be open about it. And it was a criminal act."

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"So for this legislation to come through is joyous, and we should celebrate it. 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."

Writing in  Attitude  magazine's wedding special, Furnish said:  "Elton and I will marry - as a high-profile couple, we feel it is our duty to do it, to make sure that everyone knows that this is something that many gay men living in this country never dreamed would happen."

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He added that "Elton and I both think there is a massive difference between calling someone your 'partner' and calling them your 'husband'. 'Partner' is such an impersonal word and doesn't adequately describe the love we have for each other."

Elton and David's civil ceremony made headlines around the world and was held in Windsor with 650 guests, but this event is set to be more low-key:

"With the kids, everything is different," Furnish said. "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."

Same-sex couples in civil partnerships are not yet able to convert to marriage, but the government is hoping to rectify this before the end of the year.

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