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The Latest on Next Month's Civil Ceremony

Friday 25 November 2005 @ 16:22 - GMT

As previously reported, Elton and his partner plan a to tie the knot next month, sealing their civil partnership under new legislation offering gays many of the legal protections available to married heterosexuals.

But the ceremony will be a low-key family affair rather than the celebrity-studded affair first expected.

As Elton told Attitude magazine in an interview published yesterday, just David Furnish's parents and his folks will attend.

 ''They'll be our witnesses. That's the way we want to do it. They've been so fantastic to us and so supportive. Out of respect for their support, we want to just keep it small. Not to make a ballyhoo it," the songster was quoted as saying.

He added that they will take their parents out to lunch afterwards, and that in the evening, there will be ''a soiree somewhere,'' with details yet to be worked out.

The ceremony will be held December 21, the effective date of the legislation creating civil partnerships.

David, a Canadian-born filmmaker, and Elton have been together for 12 years.