LGBT Adoption Issues: Elton John’s Heart Remains With Ukrainian HIV+ Orphan
Although John and his partner, David Furnish, have been blocked in their bid to adopt the 14-month-old HIV-positive orphan, Lev, who won their hearts on a recent advocacy trip, the couple still plan to support the child.
Furnish recently told BBC Radio that he and John are making arrangements to provide financial assistance to both Lev and his brother with the hope of "making sure that they have the best health care, education, and family options available to them.” John and Furnish were unable to continue the adoption process because Ukraine adoption law requires parents to be married, and the British couple are civil partners, not recognized as married by Ukrainian authorities. John was also deemed too old.
Lev and his brother currently remain in an orphanage for HIV-positive children. "We'd love to adopt them and bring them back here to Britain,” Furnish said, “but the laws don't support us in that regard, so we're going to do everything we can from here and keep them in their own country," He did admit he was initially "gutted" when he learned they would be unable to carry out the adoption plans.
"I'm hugely disappointed. Really felt we could make a huge difference in their lives,” Furnish added, “but we'll make a difference from here."
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