Britain's first gay surrogate parents have announced they will be getting married – and have invited fellow gay dad, Sir Elton, to the wedding, reports the Daily Gazette.
Barrie Drewitt-Barlow and his partner Tony, who run the Maldon-based British Surrogacy Centre, are already civil partners, but have decided to get married after the same-sex marriage bill was passed in July.
Barrie, a practising Christian, had hoped to get married in his local church in Danbury and launched a legal challenge in August after he was barred from doing so.
Now, he has turned his back on the plan and instead intends to tie the knot at Pontlands Park Hotel, in Great Baddow, on March 29.
Not one to do things out of the limelight, the pair have invited a host of celebrities to the 200-guest wedding, including A-lister Elton, who they know through surrogacy, and singer Ricky Martin.
But Kirsty Maguire, project manager at the British Surrogacy Centre in Chandlers Quay, Maldon, said: “Invitations were sent out this week and we haven’t got all the requests back, so we don’t know if Elton John is coming yet.
“The wedding will be very pink and very Essex. The preparations are going really well and everyone is very excited.”