September 20, 2014
.KIEV, Ukraine (AP) - A Ukrainian official says Elton John cannot adopt a 14-month-old Ukrainian child because the pop star is too old and isn't married.
John said Saturday that he and his male partner wanted to adopt an HIV-infected boy named Lev whom the singer met during a visit to an orphanage.
But Family, Youth and Sports Minister Yuriy Pavlenko tells The Associated Press Monday that adoptive parents must be married, and
Ukraine does not recognize homosexual unions as marriage.
Pavlenko also says John is too old. The singer is 62 and Ukrainian law requires a parent to be no more than 45 years older than an adopted child.
Copyright 2014 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.
Viewers with disabilities can get assistance accessing this station's FCC Public Inspection File by contacting the station with the information listed below. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, 888-835-5322 (TTY), or firstname.lastname@example.org.