Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney is the latest Republican to endorse anti-gay Georgia gubernatorial hopeful Karen Handel.

“A successful businesswoman and public servant, Karen Handel's blend of executive, political and business experience is just what Georgia needs at this critical time,” Romney said in his endorsement.

Handel, who currently serves as Georgia's Secretary of State, has said she objects to gay marriage and any form of legal recognition for gay and lesbian couples, including domestic partnerships and civil unions. In a recent interview with Atlanta-based NBC affiliate 11 Alive, Handel, the likely Republican nominee, said she would outlaw gay adoption.

When interviewer Doug Richards, who was traveling with the Handel campaign, asked her 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 said.

Richards 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.”

Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin has also endorsed Handel, who is considered the front runner among Republicans to win the party's August 10 primary. The winner will face former Georgia Governor Roy Barnes in the fall.

“I'm proud to lend my support to a great commonsense conservative woman running for governor this year in the Peach State,” Palin wrote on her Facebook page two weeks ago. “Though considered an underdog candidate (more power to her!), this pro-life, pro-constitutionalist with a can-do attitude and a record of fighting for ethics in government is ready to serve in the Governor's Office.” reported Friday that Palin will visit Georgia to campaign on Handel's behalf on the eve of the Republican contest.