In a July 14, 2010, former Georgia Sec. of State Karen Handel was on a bus tour for her gubernatorial campaign when she was interviewed by 11Alive reporter Doug Richards. He asked her about a “sponsorship” check she wrote to the Log Cabin Republicans when she was running for Fulton County Commission chair, as well as other LGBT issues. Turns out – surprise, surprise – that the woman who is now considered responsible for the destruction of the Susan G. Koman for the Cure brand has an antigay history.
In this video she explains how she reached out to LCR to avoid them being “adversarial” towards her. She also notes that she not only supporters heterosexual-only marriage but opposes civil unions and domestic partner benefits “or anything like that.” She expresses disappointment with the reporter for spending his time as an invited guest on the bus discussing gay issues. (See partial transcript below)
A: I’ve been very clear. And you know, as a Christian, marriage is between a man and a woman. I do not think that gay relationships are — they are not what God intended. And that’s just my viewpoint on it. Others might disagree with that. But I would also hope that if you look at what is happening in our state, we’ve got issues we need to be focused on in Georgia. We have a constitutional amendment against gay marriage. And it’s something that I supported wholeheartedly. We have that, and let’s get dealing with the other issues that we also need to deal with in Georgia. And the press can help with that. (Laughs).
Q: Frequently, folks in the legislature kind of threaten to — there are always rumblings in the legislature that they may outlaw gay adoptions. You’re against gay adoption.
A: I am against gay adoption. But remember — I mean, if there is legislation on that, certainly I will follow that and look at it. But in the end, ultimately courts are going to be the ones to have to make the decision on that and it’s always in the best interests of the child. Do I think that gay parents is in the best interest of the child? No. But we do have our court system that deals with many and most of those issues.
Q: Would you favor outlawing gay adoptions?
A: Yeah, I would consider that, absolutely.
Q: Do you know any gay couples with children?
A: Not that I’m aware of.
Q: So you think gay couples are less qualified to function as parents than straight couples?
A: 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.
Q: Is it better or worse than a single parent household?
A: 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.
Q: I guess I want to know why you think gay parents aren’t as legitimate as heterosexual parents.
A: Because I don’t.
Q: (Pause) Well, I realize that.
A: Well, Doug, we’re not going to spend the whole day discussing this issue. And you know, it ‘s really kind of disappointing — we invited you on this (leg of the bus trip).
Q: I know.
A: So we’re going to need to move on.