But, you know, barely.
Mr. McCain, who with his wife, Cindy, has an adopted daughter, said flatly that he opposed allowing gay couples to adopt. “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,” he said.
Today's "clarification", by which I mean totally obfuscating ass-covering reversal that has nothing to do with what he said whatsoever, courtesy of Andrew Sullivan:
McCain could have been clearer in the interview in stating that his position on gay adoption is that it is a state issue, just as he made it clear in the interview that marriage is a state issue. He was not endorsing any federal legislation.
Yes, he could have been clearer, in the sense that he could have said that. There is no crevice, no warm federalist nook in which "it's a state issue" rests in "I don't believe in gay adoption", peeking its pointy little head up whenever some dumbass needs a convenient out.
McCain’s expressed his personal preference for children to be raised by a mother and a father wherever possible. However, as an adoptive father himself, McCain believes children deserve loving and caring home environments, and he recognizes that there are many abandoned children who have yet to find homes. McCain believes that in those situations that caring parental figures are better for the child than the alternative[.]
Good! Gay parenting is apparently a preferable alternative to roadside kids hunting for squirrel and learning to read from the nutritional facts on discarded snack wrappers.