Ukraine's family, youth and sports minister, Yuri Pavlenko has had a change of heart in terms of Elton John's adoption bid. He had previously said Elton was too old and too homosexual to adopt 14-month-old Lev from the country (the Ukraine doesn't recognize same-sex unions), but for whatever reason, Pavlenko corrected himself yesterday. He said (via The Telegraph
): [Sir Elton John] has the right and opportunity to invite the family of this boy to visit him, take them under his guardianship and help him grow into a good person. Elton and Lev (via the Telegraph)
The other kink in Elton's plan is the fact that Lev isn't actually up for adoption. Although he lives in an orphanage, his mom is still alive. Both he and his mom are HIV-positive. Pavlenko continued, "I'd like to ask everyone to be tolerant to the boy. This is not an orphan, the child has a mother and an elder brother and so he cannot be adopted by law. He has a difficult fate, like his mother. Help has been provided to his mother to find strength to bring the family back together."
From what it sounds like, Lev's family would have to officially put him up for adoption for the process to begin, but if they did, Elton wouldn't see too much resistance from the Ukranian government.
Elton announced last weekend that he and his partner David Furnish
wanted to adopt Lev, saying the little boy had "stolen his heart."
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