Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee says he disagrees with gay and lesbian couples raising children because they “are not puppies.”

In a wide-ranging interview with The Perspective, a publication of the College of New Jersey, Huckabee also reiterates his opposition to being gay, drawing parallels to drug use, incest and polygamy.

“You don't go ahead and accommodate every behavior pattern that is against the ideal,” he said. “That would be like saying, well, there are a lot of people who like to use drugs, so let's go ahead and accommodate those who use drugs. There are some people who believe in incest, so we should accommodate them. There are people who believe in polygamy, so we should accommodate them.”

The Fox News commentator and possible 2012 presidential nominee told Katie Couric last November that if you alter marriage to include gay couples “then there is really no limit” to how it might be defined and suggested polygamy would soon follow.

Huckabee also criticized any government recognition of gay unions, calling civil unions “not necessary.”

“I think there's been a real level of being disingenuous on the part of the gay and lesbian community with their goal of civil unions,” he said, referring to efforts by gay activists to promote marriage equality in states that offer civil unions, such as New Jersey.

On the issue of gay adoption, Huckabee sided with an Arkansas law that outlaws unmarried couples from adopting children in a state that bans gay marriage, effectively banning adoption by gay couples.

“We should act in the best interest of the children, not in the seeming interest of the adults,” he said, then added, “Children are not puppies. This is not a time to see if we can experiment and find out, how does this work?”

Huckabee, a former Baptist minister, also does not believe gays should be allowed to serve in the military and supports a constitutional amendment defining marriage as a heterosexual union. He is the presidential choice of social conservatives who attended last year's Value Voters Summit, the annual conservative meet up sponsored by the Family Research Council (FRC), an ardent opponent of gay and lesbian rights.