House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) announced on Friday that the House will take action to defend the federal law defining marriage as between a man and a woman in court.

He said he will convene a meeting of the Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group to start the process of backing the Defense of Marriage Act, which President Obama has chosen not to defend anymore.

“The constitutionality of this law should be determined by the courts – not by the president unilaterally – and this action by the House will ensure the matter is addressed in a manner consistent with our Constitution.”

Boehner’s statement comes a week after the Obama administration announced that they will no longer assert the constitutionality of DOMA in court.

Conservatives have called the move a flagrant disregard for his duty to defend federal law. They also criticized the administration for bad timing.

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