On Sunday, in an ABC This Week interview with George Stephanopoulos, Senator John McCain put to rest any doubts he is against gay adoption.

“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,” McCain said. “And I think that family values are important, when we have two parent – families that are of parents that are the traditional family.”

“But there are several hundred thousand children in the country who don't have a home. And if a gay couple want to adopt them, what's wrong with that?” Stephanopoulos asked.

“I am for the values that two parent families, the traditional family represents,” McCain answered.

Earlier, McCain campaign aide Jill Hazelbaker backtracked on statements against gay adoption McCain made in a New York Times interview. “...as an adoptive father himself... he recognizes that there are many abandoned children who have yet to find homes. McCain believes in those situations that caring parental figures are better for the child than the alternative,” she said.

McCain's initial remarks caused an uproar from gay groups. Pro-gay group PFLAG – whose sole mission is to support families – took offense at McCain's remarks: “...Senator McCain would deny loving homes to children who desperately need them simply because of an outdated prejudice about what a family may look like,” said Jody M. Huckaby, executive director of Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) in a prepared statement.

But conservative groups cried foul at Hazelbaker's clarification. “There is nothing 'straight talking' about the McCain campaign's response to the Senator's statements on homosexual adoption. I hope he's able to get everyone on his staff on the right side of the road,” said Tony Perkins, President of the conservative Family Research Council in an email to CBN News.

Approximately 130,000 children wait in the foster care system each year for a permanent home.