Didn’t he already do this a few weeks ago? Well, no — his campaign did, which evidently is an important distinction for social cons wanting to hear more values talk from Maverick himself. Prayers answered. David Brody thinks it’s a big deal, and that it’s “not a pander at all”:

The Brody File has learned that John McCain has sent a statement supporting a California constitutional amendment to the group trying to get it passed this fall.

Here is what he said on June 25, 2008:

“I support the efforts of the people of California to recognize marriage as a unique institution between a man and a woman, just as we did in my home state of Arizona. I do not believe judges should be making these decisions.”…

Not only is he now on record FOR the constitutional marriage amendment in California, he also put HIS name on it.

Sounds like his campaign re-wrote its earlier statement in the first person and re-released it. I can’t fathom why evangelicals would place more stock in this than when he went on “Ellen” and stood his ground on traditional marriage, but evidently he was told in a meeting with social con leaders this afternoon that he “needs to make the issues he agrees with us on very clear” if he wants to avoid electoral disaster, so consider this one fully clarified. He was also reminded, incidentally, that Christians will be paying close attention to who his running mate is, so it’s probably safe to consider Ridge and Crist (and Mitt?) out of contention. Exit question: If he’s going to redouble his efforts to woo values voters, what was the point of meeting with the Log Cabin Republicans?