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

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The singer 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 couple, who have been in a civil partnership since 2005, has two children.

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."

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