Elton John famously criticized California marriage-equality advocates for fighting for the word marriage in 2008, and now the civil union-ed father wants to say hello to the yellow brick road and walk down the aisle with his partner David. In a petition launched via The Independent John writes a passionate letter linking the Civil Partnership Law in the UK to any other form of major discrimination and the difference between the words “husband” and “partner”:
Well, I don’t accept this. I don’t accept it because there is a world of difference between calling someone your “partner” and calling them your “husband.” “Partner” is a word that should be preserved for people you play tennis with, or work alongside in business. It doesn’t come close to describing the love that I have for David, and he for me. In contrast, “husband” does. A “husband” is somebody that you cherish forever, that you would give up everything for, that you love in sickness and in health. Until the law recognises David Furnish is my husband, and not merely my partner, the law won’t describe the man I know and adore.