Add former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin to the growing list of politicians and social conservatives claiming that President Barack Obama supported the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) during the 2008 presidential election.

The conservative celebrity chided Obama for his decision to no longer defend the 15-year-old law that bans federal agencies from recognizing the legal marriages of gay and lesbian couples and allows states to ignore such marriages from other states

“I have always believed that marriage is between one man and one woman,” Palin told Maggie Gallagher, the board chair of the National Organization for Marriage (NOM), the nation's most vociferous opponent of gay marriage. “Like the majority of Americans, I support the Defense of Marriage Act and find it appalling that the Obama administration decided not to defend the federal law which was enacted with broad bipartisan support and signed into law by a Democrat president.”

Palin then added: “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.”

In fact, gay rights activists were shocked and disappointed when Obama decided to defend the law in court after repeatedly calling for its repeal as a candidate.

“DOMA was an unnecessary encroachment by the federal government in an area traditionally reserved for the state,” Obama told gay weekly Philadelphia Gay News publisher Mark Segal.

“If elected, I would call on Congress to enact legislation that would repeal DOMA and ensure that the over 1,100 federal legal rights and benefits currently provided on the basis of marital status are extended to same-sex couples in civil unions and other legally recognized unions,” he told gay weekly The Washington Blade.

In other comments, he called the law “abhorrent.”

Palin joins another presidential hopeful, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, in saying the decision was a reversal.

Huckabee, however, went further, insisting that the administration's decision to no longer defend the law in court was equal to not enforcing it.

“It's really the same thing,” Huckabee told Fox News Sunday's Chris Wallace. “He has decided that this is a part of the law he doesn't like so he is not going to recognize it. I don't think a president in the executive branch can thumb his nose at a branch of government that is incomplete in its assessment of the law.”