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Boy band singer ties the knot in UK gay union

Danny Mc Coy | March 24, 2006

Stephen Gately
LONDON — Wedding bells sounded over the weekend for former UK boy band singer Stephen Gately, who married longtime partner Andy Cowels in a civil ceremony at a hotel next door to Buckingham Palace.

The 30-year-old Boyzone singer had previously held a commitment ceremony with the internet entrepreneur in Las Vegas three years ago.

According to a spokesman for the Goring Hotel, Sir Elton John, who was expected to attend, could not make the ceremony because of professional commitments but sent well wishes. Former Boyzone manager Louis Walsh was unable to attend for health reasons but, according to Walsh, former band mates Keith Duffy and Shane Lynch attended.

Gately first rose to fame with a small role in the �90s cult hit The Commitments. In 1993, he joined the Irish boy band Boyzone.

The band scored six number one hits in the UK and sold ten million albums between 1993 and 1999. The band split in 1999 with lead singer Ronan Keating�s decision to pursue a solo career.

Gately attempted his own solo career but was dropped by his record label in 2001. Today, he enjoys a successful career in musical theatre.

The singer told UK mag The Sun he would have preferred to tie the knot in his native Ireland, country has yet to introduce civil partnerships for gay couples. – Gay Link Content

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