Mitt Romney has expanded on his Thursday comment that he is “fine” with gay couples adopting children.

Romney made the comment during an appearance on Fox News, in which he discussed the President's recent “evolution” from supporting civil unions to marriage for gay and lesbian couples.

“I believe that my record as a person who has supported civil rights is strong and powerful. At the same time, I believe that marriage has been defined the same way for literally thousands of years by virtually every civilization in history, and that marriage is literally, by its definition, a relationship between a man and a woman,” Romney said.

“And if two people of the same gender want to live together, want to have a loving relationship, or even to adopt a child – in my state individuals of the same sex were able to adopt children. In my view, that's something that people have a right to do. But to call that marriage is something that in my view is a departure from the real meaning of that word.”

Romney reversed course less than 24 hours later, telling Charlotte-based WBTV that he was merely “acknowledging” the fact it is legal for gay couples to adopt in many states.

“Actually, I think all states but one allow gay adoption,” said Romney. “So that's a position which has been decided by most of the state legislatures, including the one in my state some time ago. So I simply acknowledged the fact that gay adoption is legal in all states but one.” (The video is embedded in the right panel of this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)