Elton John has revealed he and longtime partner David Furnish are eager to wed following Parliament's decision to legalise same-sex marriages in the U.K. In July (13), gay couples were finally given permission to legally tie the knot after British lawmakers passed the landmark bill, which goes into effect next summer (14), and the Rocket Man hitmaker and his longtime partner are hoping to be among the first married gay couples in the country after legally entering into a civil partnership in 2005. John explained their decision to exchange vows once again to U.S. talk show host Ellen DeGeneres, and said, "Absolutely, we're going to get married. We had our civil partnership on the first day it was legally possible. Same sex people have been waiting a long time for things to happen to them. "I've been through hell for through my 50s and 60s and even before then, so when a government gives you this legislation, which is so wonderful and we didn't expect it to come so soon in society, then you seize it by the horns and you say, 'Yes, we're gonna do this because it's such a gift and we never thought we'd have it'. "It did make a difference when we had our civil partnership. When we exchanged vows it made our relationship stronger. We're 20 years together this year, but commitment like that really strengthened our relationship." He added, "Now, with the marriage thing, we won't have a big wedding because we already did that with our civil partnership."