September 14, 2009

Elton John, Too Old to Adopt a Child According to Ukrainian Law

Maria Danilova, Associated Press journalist, writes in today's The Washington Post that Elton John won't be able to adopt a 14-month-old HIV-positive child from Ukraine because the pop star is too old and isn't married. Family, Youth and Sports Minister Yuriy Pavlenko told the Associated Press that the adoption wouldn't happen because adoptive parents must be married and because the pop star was too old. Elton John is 62 and his life partner David Furnish is 47. But Ukraine's law requires a parent to be no more than 45 years older than an adopted child. Oh, common! Does it really make a difference whether a parent is 46 or 45 years older? Another problem with John & Furnish is that Ukraine does not recognize gays unions as marriages. In 2005 John & Furnish tied the knot in one of the first legalized civil unions in Britain. So what is good enough for England is not good enough for Ukraine, ha? Even John's Ukrainian connections did not help with the child adoption situation. His friend, Elena Franchuk, a founder of ANTI-AIDS charity, and her husband, the richest man in Ukraine, Viktor Pinchuk, could not do anything. Minister Pavlenko said that "Elton John would not be able to adopt a Ukrainian child anyways. The law is the same for everybody: for a president, for a minister, for Elton John". At least, it's good to know that no one is above Ukraine's law. But I wonder whether the child situation would have the same outcome if it were heterosexual couples such as Angelina Jolie with Brad Pitt or Madonna? Brad Pitt is 46 yo and Madonna is 51 yo. Dear Minister Pavlenko, what will be your decision in this case?

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