ELTON JOHN’S HUBBY ‘MR’ FURNISH CLAIMS HE’S ENTITLED TO A NOBLE TITLE


FILE - In this photo, Sir Elton John, left, and husband David Furnish attend the Ninth Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation benefit 'An Enduring Vision' at Cipriani Wall Street in New York. John and Furnish have become parents to a 7-pound, 15-ounce baby boy born on Christmas Day. The news was first reported Monday night by USMagazine.com and confirmed to The Associated Press by John's Los Angeles-based publicist. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini, File)

David Furnish says it’s unfair and discriminatory that he was denied a noble title when he exchanged vows with Sir Elton John.

If Sir Elton had married a woman, she would be known as Lady John. But because he married a man, his husband David remains plain Mr Furnish.

The film producer, 53, claims that not receiving a title when he married Elton, who was knighted in 1998, is a form of discrimination.

Sir Elton, 69, converted his eight-year civil partnership with Mr Furnish into a marriage in December 2014, just months after gay marriage was legalised in the UK.

“I am for 100 per cent equality across the board for everybody, in all walks of life,” Mr Furnish told the Daily Mail.

“So the designation of a title is an example of something we need in order to get there. The reality is, if a woman is married to man with a title, she gets a title.

“I think everybody should have the same opportunities and the same privileges and the same honours.

“I think if we could just level the playing field in life as much as possible, then we’d all be in a much better place.”

Mr Furnish said he wasn’t sure what specific title would be appropriate for the husband of a Sir.

“I don’t really understand the history of titles and the aristocracy in this country that much anyway,” he said.

“It’s not out-dated; it’s a special thing when it goes to the people who have really earned it.”

The Equality (Titles) Bill 2013 suggested “The Honourable” but the legislation did not proceed.

The discrepancy does not just affect gay couples, but also heterosexual couples, for when a man marries a titled woman — such as a dame or princess — his title also remains unchanged.

However, when it comes to royalty the law has been changed to ensure that a gay man can not become a Queen or Princess if he marries a future King or Prince.