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Elton John to wed longtime partner

Elton John to wed longtime partner

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LONDON - Elton John said forming a civil partnership with his longtime lover David Furnish in England this week will be "the happiest day of my life."

But, the pop star added, he will feel sorry for the many gay couples who live in countries that prohibit such unions.

"It has been a long struggle for equal rights to gay people in Britain, but now, in the 21st century, we have real civil rights, tolerance and final acceptance in our lives," John wrote in The Observer, a Sunday newspaper.

More than 600 same-sex couples plan to form civil partnerships in England and Wales on Wednesday, the first day that such ceremonies become possible.

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