The couple will be joined by lesbian tennis legend Martina Navratilova and Sir Ian McKellen as the new celebrity faces of the parade which will take over the capital’s streets on June 29.
After becoming one of the first couples in Britain to take up a civil partnership in 2005, the fathers-of-two are pleased the rally will give a boost to the gay marriage bill being debated in parliament.
‘It’s great to see such a huge number of groups participating in this year’s parade highlighting the theme “Love (and Marriage)” and the importance of loving relationships to all of us as well as marking the welcome campaign for equal marriage in the UK,’ the couple said in a statement.
This is a huge achievement for the community and our allies and demands a great party!’
The Lord Of The Rings actor said he has signed up to the event to back gay marriage and to increase the safety of the LGBT community.
The 74-year-old said: ‘The UK is on the verge of joining countries such as New Zealand by legislating for equal marriage, but we must not forget that there’s always more to be done both at home and abroad so that all members of the LGBT community can live happily and safely in any community, accepted and valued for who they are.’
As for nine times Wimbledon champion Navratilova, the 56-year-old said she loves London not just for her victories on Centre Court but for British fans for accepting her as an openly gay sportswoman.
She said last night: ‘London holds a very special place in my heart, it’s not just Wimbledon that I love, it’s the energy of the city and the warm welcome Londoners give me.’