For a moment there, it looked like Ohio Gov. John Kasich was going to become the second Ohio Republican in one week to take a step toward legal recognition of gay marriage.

Not so fast.

Despite Kasich's comment that appeared to suggest he now supported civil unions, Kasich spokesman Rob Nichols says he remains opposed to them.

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"The governor's position is unchanged," Kasich's spokesman Rob Nichols said Thursday in a statement to reporters. "He opposes gay marriage and opposes changing Ohio's constitution to allow for civil unions."

Kasich was asked Wednesday about Sen. Rob Portman's (R-Ohio) decision to come out in support of gay marriage.

"I talked to Rob and encouraged him," Kasich told WEWS-TV. "If people want to have civil unions and have some way to transfer their resources, I'm for that. I don't support gay marriage."