House Speaker John Boehner on Wednesday reiterated his opposition to gay marriage.

During an appearance on Fox Business, Boehner reacted to the news that President Barack Obama had announced his support for marriage equality.

“I have always believed that marriage was between a man and a woman,” said Boehner, a Republican from Ohio.

He went on to suggest the topic was a distraction from the economy.

“Republicans here on Capitol Hill are focused in on the economy,” he said. “The American people are still asking the question, 'Where are the jobs?' And our focus is going to continue to be on the economy like it has been for the last year and a half.”

Boehner also refused to discuss whether he supports a federal amendment banning gay marriage.

“I haven't really seen this proposal [on a constitutional amendment],” he said. “All I know is that this is a very controversial issue in our country, but most people believe that marriage is a union of a man and woman.”

Despite his current insistence that the issue is a distraction, Boehner last year directed the House Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group (BLAG) to defend in court the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which bans federal agencies from recognizing the legal marriages of gay couples, after the Obama administration said it would no longer defend the law. BLAG has intervened in 12 DOMA cases so far.