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McCain softens stance on gay adoption

by PageOneQ

"My position is, it's not the reason why I'm running for President of the United States," Senator John McCain (R-AZ) told George Stephanopoulous on being asked about his earlier comments regarding adoption rights for gay couples.

"I think that we've proven that both parents are important in the success of a family so, no, I don't believe in gay adoption," McCain told the New York Times in an interview published July 13. His campaign would soon soften his stance, saying that he would not support a ban on gay adoption.

McCain told ABC's George Stephanopoulos on Sunday that he was supporting "two-parent families" in the traditional setting, saying that he was running for President to "help with family values."

"But there are several hundred thousand children in the country that don't have a home," Stephanopoulos pressed, "and if a gay couple wants to adopt them, what's wrong with that?

"I am for the values that two-parent families--the traditional family represents," McCain responded.

"So you're against gay adoption?" Stephanopoulos asked.

"I am for the values and principles that two-parent families represent," McCain said, "and I also do point out that many of these decisions are made by the states, as we all know, and I will do everything I can to encourage adoption--to encourage all of the things that keeps (sic) families together..."









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Originally published on Monday July 28, 2008.


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