House lawyers under the direction of Speaker John Boehner have announced they will appeal this week's ruling declaring a portion of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) unconstitutional, gay weekly Metro Weekly reported.

U.S. District Court Judge Jeffrey S. White's ruling found Section 3 of DOMA, which bars the federal government from recognizing the legal marriages of gay and lesbian couples, in violation of the equal protection rights of such couples.

Karen Golinski, a 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals lawyer, sued the government after her employer denied health insurance coverage to her wife, Amy Cunninghis. The U.S. Office of Personnel (OPM) has argued that DOMA blocks such benefits.

Defending the law is the House Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group (BLAG), which was created by Republican leaders in the House after the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced it would no longer defend the law in court.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi criticized BLAG's decision to appeal the ruling and the $1.5 million set aside by the House to defend the law.

“This is a tremendous amount of taxpayer money expended, on a purely partisan basis, to defend discrimination,” Pelosi said through a spokesperson. “With progress on marriage equality coming from all corners of our country, Speaker Boehner would have been better served and saved taxpayers' money if he had more carefully reviewed the district court's ruling and had declined to file a notice of appeal.”