Here's what AP had on this:
WASHINGTON (AP) _ Republican John McCain says same-sex couples should be allowed to enter into legal agreements for insurance and other purposes, but he opposes gay marriage and believes in "the unique status of marriage between and man and a woman."
"And I know that we have a respectful disagreement on that issue," the likely Republican presidential nominee said in an interview [airing today] on "The Ellen DeGeneres show."
McCain, who also opposes an amendment to the Constitution to ban same-sex unions, said people should be encouraged to enter into legal agreements, particularly for insurance and other areas where decisions need to be made.
DeGeneres needled McCain on the issue, arguing that she and the senator from Arizona aren't different.