Florida gubernatorial candidate Rick Scott says he disagrees with an appeals court ruling that upheld a lower court's decision that the state's ban on gay adoption is unconstitutional.

Scott spoke out against the ruling after a town hall-style event in Jacksonville on Thursday, The Florida Times-Union reported.

“Children should be raised in a home with a married man and a woman,” the GOP nominee told reporters.

Governor Charlie Crist, who is running as an independent for the U.S. Senate, said he was pleased with the decision.

But the state's attorney general, Bill McCollum, an outspoken critic of gay adoption, has so far remained mum.

McCollum's office did release a statement through a spokeswoman to the New York Times. The spokeswoman said the department is weighing its options on whether to appeal the case to the Florida Supreme Court.

The Republican has previously said he objects to all forms of gay parenting, not only gay adoption. In an interview with the Florida Baptist Witness he said that he would ban gay men and lesbians from serving as foster parents.

I really do not think that we should have homosexuals guiding our children,” he said. “I think that it's a lifestyle that I don't agree with.”

McCollum became closely associated with the case after he urged the state to hire ex-gay leader George Rekers to testify as an expert witness in favor of the gay adoption ban. The 61-year-old Rekers, who was paid $120,000 for his testimony, was exposed in May by the Miami New Times as having hired a 20-year-old male prostitute off the pageviews of gay website RentBoy.com.

McCollum, however, insisted the scandal had not damaged the state's case.

Last month, McCollum lost his bid to become the GOP nominee for Florida governor.