McCain Clarifies Position on Gay Adoption

By Lindsey Ellerson

Jul 27, 2008 11:12am

ABC News’ Mary Bruce reports: Sen. John McCain put rumors of a flip flop to rest this weekend, discussing his opposition to gay adoption in an exclusive "This Week" interview with George Stephanopoulos.

“My position is: It’s not the reason why I’m running for president of the United States; I’m running for president of the United States because I want to help with family values. And I think that family values are important, when we have two-parent– families that are of parents that are the traditional family,” McCain said.

McCain told The New York Times earlier this month that he flatly opposed gay adoption, even in cases where children couldn’t find another home — but his campaign later backtracked, claiming McCain would not support any federal legislation to ban gay couples from adopting.

While McCain made clear to Stephanopoulos that "I am for the values that two-parent families, the traditional family, represents," he also highlighted the role of the states: "Many of these decisions are made by the states, as we all know," he said.

When pressed further about children who may not have a home otherwise, McCain, who has an adopted daughter, reiterated that he will "do everything I can to encourage adoption, to encourage all of the things that keeps families together, including educational opportunities, including a better economy, job creation."

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