Maggie Gallagher, the board chair of the National Organization for Marriage (NOM), on Wednesday chided President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder for deciding to drop the Department of Justice's defense of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), the 1996 law that bans federal agencies from recognizing the legal marriages of gay and lesbian couples and allows states to ignore such marriages.

Facing a March 11 deadline to respond to two legal challenges to the law, Obama directed the DOJ to end its defense of the law. Holder said he agreed with the president.

In speaking via telephone to Fox News about the groundbreaking decision, Gallagher said Obama's decision was an “end run around our normal constitutional processes.”

“And we're going to be seeing a lot more of this by President Obama now that he faces a Republican dominated Congress,” she added.

“He has unilaterally declared that gay is like black, that orientation is now subjected to strict scrutiny.”

Gallagher, who has previously criticized the Department of Justice's defense as weak, said that her group would lobby for Congress to defend its own law.

“In a backwards way, I think its gonna end up being good news for the Defense of Marriage Act,” Gallagher said. (The video is embedded in the right panel of this page.)