A week after the Obama administration announced it believed part of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) was unconstitutional and said it would no longer defend the law in court, former half-term Gov. Sarah Palin is out with a statement that slams (surprise!) President Barack Obama for the decision.
But just as interesting as what Palin said is who Palin said it to. Unlike most of her pronouncements, this didn’t come from her Facebook page or on her Twitter account. Instead, Palin “offered this exclusive response” to the anti-gay group the National Organization for Marriage (NOM), which has been fundraising off the Justice Department’s decision that DOMA was unconstitutional.
“I have always believed that marriage is between one man and one woman,” Palin told NOM’s Maggie Gallagher. “Like the majority of Americans, I support the Defense of Marriage Act and find it appalling that the Obama administration decided not to defend this federal law which was enacted with broad bipartisan support and signed into law by a Democrat president.”
“It’s appalling, but not surprising that the President has flip-flopped on yet another issue from his stated position as a candidate to a seemingly opposite position once he was elected,” she added.
Gallagher, who told TPM yesterday that NOM staffers “fully expect the House to intervene,” asked in a blog post that the statement be attributed to NationForMarriage.org.
House Speaker John Boehner said he would make a decision on whether the House would defend DOMA this week. The Heritage Foundation says that Boehner can authorize intervention himself or submit the question for a House resolution vote.