Elton John and husband David Furnish celebrate 15th anniversary with impassioned vow to ‘continue the fight for equality’

Josh Milton
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Elton John and husband David Furnish reminded the world what happiness actually looks like as they celebrated the 15th anniversary of their civil partnership Monday (21 December).

Taking to Instagram, the long-term love birds both shared snaps from their secretive civil partnership ceremony in the Windsor, Berkshire, town hall in 2005, alongside a photograph from their 2014 wedding reception.

The couple both took the opportunity not only to croon over one another but to stress the importance of the international fight for LGBT+ rights.

“I can’t believe that 15 years has passed since Elton John and I celebrated our civil partnership in Britain,” Furnish, 58, wrote in the caption.

“What a wonderful day that was. Six years ago, we renewed our vows and got legally married in front of our two beautiful sons.

“This type of civil progress was unimaginable when I was growing up.

“Yet despite all this extraordinary positive change, I remind myself that it’s still illegal to be LGBT+ in 70 countries, and that you can be given the death penalty in 12 of those same countries.”

Furnish doubled down on his and John’s Elton John AIDS Foundation charity to “continue the fight for equality for our LGBT+ brothers and sisters around the world”.

Elton John: ‘Our relationship gets stronger every day’.

Sharing a similar picture, John, 73, wrote: “Our relationship gets stronger every day, and I am extremely grateful for the love we share and our two beautiful sons.

“However, we are the lucky ones, as millions of gay people throughout the world are discriminated against because of their sexuality. This is a disgrace.

“We all deserve to love who we want. We will continue to fight for equality for all.”

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John and Furnish were among some of the first Britons to have a civil partnership, having dated for around 12 years, before officially getting hitched after lawmakers introduced marriage equality.