Elton John's civil happiness
This article is from 2008.
'Rocket Man' singer Sir Elton John - who has a civil partnership with partner David Furnish - does not want to get married.
Sir Elton John does not want to get married.
The 'Rocket Man' singer - who has a civil partnership with partner David Furnish - claims Proposition 8 was passed in California because the word "marriage" discouraged people from voting against it.
Proposition 8 bans same-sex couples from getting married.
Elton said: "I don't want to be married. David and I are not married. Let's get that right. We have a civil partnership. What is wrong with Proposition 8 is that they went for marriage.
"Marriage is going to put a lot of people off, the word marriage."
The star believes gay people should be happy with civil partnerships because it gives them the same legal rights as straight couples.
He added to newspaper USA Today: "I'm very happy with a civil partnership. If gay people want to get married, or get together, they should have a civil partnership.
"You get the same equal rights that we do when we have a civil partnership.
"Heterosexual people get married. We can have civil partnerships."
The passing of Proposition 8 sparked outrage among A-list equality campaigners including 'Burn After Reading' actor Brad Pitt, director Steven Spielberg and talk show host Ellen DeGeneres - who recently wed former 'Ally McBeal' star Portia de Rossi.