The Obama administration on Tuesday asked the Supreme Court to review two cases challenging the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), the 1996 law which defines marriage as a heterosexual union.

The Justice Department asked the court to review Golinski v. Office of Personnel Management, which is currently before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth District. The government wants the high court to hear the case in its next term before the appeals court has even decided the case, gay weekly Metro Weekly reported.

(Related: Court declares gay marriage ban DOMA unconstitutional in Karen Golinski case.)

Request for review in the second case, Massachusetts v. Department of Health and Human Services, is already under consideration by the court. The House Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group (BLAG) under the direction of Speaker John Boehner on Friday appealed the case to the Supreme Court.

Obama officials said in their filings that they agree with the lower court rulings striking down the law, but are seeking a prompt settlement of DOMA because President Obama has instructed federal agencies to continue to enforce the law.

“Although the Executive Branch agrees with the district court's determination in this case that Section 3 is unconstitutional, we respectfully seek this Court's review so that the question may be authoritatively decided by this Court. As explained above, to ensure that the Judiciary is the final arbiter of Section 3's constitutionality, the President has instructed Executive departments and agencies to continue to enforce Section 3 until there is a definitive judicial ruling that Section 3 is unconstitutional,” DOJ lawyers wrote.