Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Ukraine dismissed Sir Elton John's adoption request

The world-wide famous signer Sir Elton John visited a hospital for HIV-infected children in the city of Makiyivka (Eastern Ukraine) on September 12th. He and his male partner David Furnish expressed their sincere wish to adopt an HIV-infected boy. Ukrainian Family, Youth and Sports Minister Yuriy Pavlenko said that adoption is not possible because Sir Elton is too old, and not married. Adoptive parents must be married under Ukrainian rules, and although Sir Elton and his partner David Furnish have been joined in a civil ceremony, Ukraine does not recognize same-sex unions. The law in Ukraine also states that adoptive parents should be no more than 45 years older than the child, making Sir Elton, 62, too old.
AP Photo, AP News