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Elton Will Think of Others Wednesday

Monday 19 December 2005 @ 16:21 - GMT

Elton has said that when he ties the knot with his beau, it will be the happiest day in his life.

But, the pop star added, he'll 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," he wrote in The Observer.

"Next Wednesday, on the happiest day of my life, when I celebrate a civil partnership with David, I will be thinking, however, about those less fortunate than we are. In many countries, having a same-sex partner is still outlawed."

Quoting Amnesty International, Elton stated that an estimated 80 countries still have laws against adult same-sex relations. He also cited specific cases of abuse in countries such as the United Arab Emirates, Jamaica, Uganda, Iraq and Poland.

"Throughout history, gay people such as myself and David have often been made scapegoats by those who fear that we are a threat to the status quo," John said.

Over 600 same-sex couples are forming partnerships on the same day in England and Wales.

{ But of course, they won't have outfits designed by Donatella Versace or host a cabaret costing 100,000 pounds and featuring a videotaped message of congratulations from former U.S. president, Bill Clinton--or feel it necessary to ban party guests from using mobile phones with cameras.}