Minister vetoes Elton's adoption. Sir Elton John will be banned from adopting the Ukrainian toddler he found in an orphanage because he is too old and unmarried, a minister for the country has confirmed. The pop star and his partner David Furnish wanted to adopt the 14-month-old HIV-infected boy Lev who had won his heart. But Family, Youth and Sports Minister Yuriy Pavlenko said there were two impediments - adoptive parents must be married, and Ukraine does not recognise homosexual unions as marriage. In addition, Elton at age 62 is too old. Law requires there be an age difference between parent and child of no more than 45 years.