Ukraine says Elton John is too old and too gay to adopt HIV positive toddler
Sir Elton John announced on Saturday he wanted to adopt little Levi, the HIV positive 14-month-old Ukrainian orphan he met during his visit in Ukraine, the country with the fastest-rising HIV infection rate in Europe.
But his hopes have been dashed when minister Yuriy Pavlenko said the adoption was not possible because Elton John is too old and is not married under Ukrainian rules. According to the Ukrainian law, the parents should be no more than 45 years older than the child, while the difference between Sir Elton and the child is 62. Furthermore, Ukraine doesn't recognize same-sex unions.
According to The Telegraph, Adrian Lovett, the spokesman of Sir Elton's AIDS charity foundation, said that the fact Ukraine had not signed up to an international convention on inter-country adoption was a cause for concern.
"Many people see children without care and naturally want to help. But some unscrupulous adoption agencies may profit from the sale of children, without ensuring the child is eligible for adoption, or adequately vetting the adoptive parents."
Not allowing Sir Elton John to adopt a HIV positive child raises many questions over Ukraine's decision of letting a child grow up in an orphanage while living with a disease that shortens his lifespan over being raised by a wealthy man who happens to be gay and older than the law requires.