Karen Handel, the likely Republican candidate for Georgia governor, says she would outlaw gay adoption.

Handel, who currently serves as Georgia's Secretary of State, blasted gay parents in an interview released Wednesday.

Before the interview with Atlanta-based NBC affiliate 11 Alive went sour, Handel said that she objected to gay marriage and any form of legal recognition for gay and lesbian couples, including domestic partnerships and civil unions.

When asked about gay parenting, Handel said she would “absolutely” consider a law banning gay adoption.

“I think that for a child to be in a household – in a family in a household with a situation where the parents are not married, as in one man and one woman, is not the best household for a child,” she told Doug Richards.

Richards, who is traveling with the Handel campaign, pursued the question further, annoying his subject.

He asked, “It is better or worse than a single parent household?”

“Doug, I'm really trying to be straightforward with you but I'm not going to debate all the nuances. I've made it abundantly clear that I think that marriage is between a man and a woman. And that's what I believe, and I don't know what more you would like me to add to that,” she said.

Richards answered that he wanted to know why Handel believes gay parents “aren't as legitimate” as their heterosexual counterparts.

To which Handel, sounding like a mother scolding her child, replied: “Because I don't.”

Florida is the only state that outright forbids adoption based on sexual orientation. Other states, including Arkansas, have enacted laws that limit adoption to married couples. Such laws adversely affect gay and lesbian couples who are not allowed to marry. An appeals court ruling on the constitutionality of Florida's law is expected any day now.

Handel's bid to become Georgia's next governor is endorsed by former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin.