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Elton John can't adopt child, says Ukraine minister.

Byline: ANI

London, September 15 (ANI): Sir Elton John cannot adopt the 14-month-old Ukranian boy he wishes to adopt, the Family, Youth and Sports Minister of Ukraine has said.

Yuriy Pavlenko has mentioned that the legendary singer cannot take home Lev with his partner David Furnish, as same-sex unions do not have legal status in the country.

"The law is the same for everybody: for a president, for a minister, for Elton John," Times Online quoted him as saying.

Apart from banning gay couples from adopting, the law also restricts people who are more than 45 years older than the child from adopting the kid.

However, the minister wasn't totally dismissive of the 'Candle in the Wind' singer's noble plan.

He mentioned that John's attempt to adopt Lev would increase the domestic adoption of more children with health problems, which is still rare in the country.

Earlier, John had revealed that he was clueless about the adoption procedure in Ukraine.

He had said: "I don't know how we [would apply for adoption], but he has stolen my heart. And he has stolen David's heart and it would be wonderful if we can have a home."(ANI)

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