Elton John Risks Stately Curmudgeon Reputation With Baby Adoption

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Elton John, the singer who sometimes performs in very anti-gay ways that gives anyone reason to complain, will join the cadre of celebrities who adopt children. Elton, 62, has his sights set on 14-month-old Lev, a Ukrainian boy he and husband David Furnish met at an orphanage there. This is quite surprising, given Elton’s earlier statements about family. And the fact that he’s an egomaniac.

But it’s not like Ukraine is going to make the adoption effort a pleasant one: Family, Youth and Sports Minister Yuriy Pavlenko says adopting parents must be married in Ukraine, and gay marriages don’t count. (Also, Elton is too old.)

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  • Fitz

    Let’s stop calling this “adoption” and be more honest: this would be a purchase. There is very little chance that, otherwise, a 60+ y/o who is on the road all the time, has a terrible history of drug dependence, and is prone to emotional outbursts would pass a home-study.

  • Lloyd Baltazar

    I DO NOT believe the sincerity of Elton John to adopt this orphan child. He has been very hypocritical in so many ways with his many public statements against homosexuality and the LGBT community. This child adoption thing is very fake and dis-ingenous to me.

    He isn’t a true LGBT icon because he says things which are quite demeaning to the Gays and Lesbians of this country and I fail to see the sincerity of wanting to adopt this child except for media-whore purposes.

    My feeling is he just did this for media and publicity purposes.

  • Cam

    After Prop 8 Elton John came out and said the following…….
    “”I don’t want to be married. I’m very happy with a civil partnership. If gay people want to get married, or get together, they should have a civil partnership,” John says. “The word ‘marriage,’ I think, puts a lot of people off.

    “You get the same equal rights that we do when we have a civil partnership. Heterosexual people get married. We can have civil partnerships.”

    Gee Elton, you said that gays were wrong for asking for full marriage rather than a civil partnership, and said that a civil partnership was the same thing. Guess you were wrong huh? You are not being allowed to adopt because Ukrain says you must be LEGALLY marriaged. You have now seen WHY gays are asking for full marriage, separate but equal is NEVER equal. If there is an opportunity to use the difference for discrimination a bigot will do that. Maybe now your entitled, spoiled self will learn to think before you speak on the rights of the rest of us.

  • schlukitz


    If there is an opportunity to use the difference for discrimination a bigot will do that.

    And, we have seen that time and time again, haven’t we, Cam?

    Those who don’t really know (or care), think that they know what is best for others. It’s so easy to give advice, when there is nothing at stake for the advice-giver.


  • sal(the original)

    i heard stories about those kind of orphanages,sooooo guys should look it up

  • WillBFair

    Ya’ll have been using the same tactic for thirty years. It’s getting pretty tired.
    Anyone who doesn’t agree with you is anti gay. Elton pours millions into AIDS groups. Doesn’t matter. He probably looked at the polls showing public support for domestic partnership and sentimentality over marraige. Maybe he thought it a waste of resources to demand marraige for another fifteen years when we could have a quick victory on partnership. He weighed the evidence and made an easy political calculation. You might try it sometime instead of jumping on whatever band wagon rolls by.
    Elton has a pro gay opinion slightly outside the mainstream. For this he’s anti gay. Please. You’d think he had been on the 700 Club and taken Fred Phelps to the Bahamas.
    Do you people even hear yourselves sometimes?

  • schlukitz


    when we could have a quick victory on partnership.

    Obviously, you don’t read the papers, watch TV or check the Internet for current news.

    Not only do the religious right not want us to have marriage, now they do not want us to have civil-partnerships either.

  • WillBFair

    Schlukitz, the religious right are not the public. They’re only a slice of it.
    From what I’ve read, a majority do support partnership. That’s the point. It’s a sign that the public feel much more kindly toward us than they have in the past. They’re also sentimental about marraige and want to keep it for themselves. Big deal. So they’re slightly unfair about it. We should still take advantage of the partnership option immediately.
    I also think there was nothing wrong with Elton playing the Middle East. A flamboyant queen playing his own great compositions is good PR for us. And the irony of it is truly delicious.
    But I’m sorry about the combative tone of my last post. It’s left over from 20 years ago when I was arguing desperately with the community, begging them to rethink the f–k everything that moves strategy, and being yelled out of discussion groups at Stanford and UC Berkeley (also known as Moscow West).

  • schlukitz

    And where does that leave me and the some 36,000 bi-national couples whose families who will be unable to reunite under civil-partnerships or the many tens of thousands more who will not receive the some 1150 federal benefits that marriage bestows on heterosexuals but not homosexuals?

    This justifies their “sentimentality about marriage and keeping it for themselves”?

    It reeks of separatism just as much, if not more, than separate drinking fountains, separate but equal schools and blacks not being allowed to marry white people.

    I don’t know about you, but I do not like the feel of second-class citizenship any more than black people did.

    But choose whatever you like for yourself, however. It is, after all, a semi-free country.

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