Paul Ryan, the Republican vice presidential nominee, has pledged that a Mitt Romney administration would defend the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).

During a radio interview with Focus on the Family President Jim Daly, Ryan criticized President Barack Obama for instructing the Justice Department to no longer defend in court DOMA, the 1996 law which bans federal agencies from recognizing the legal marriages of gay and lesbian couples, and promised Romney would reverse course.

“It's the foundation for society and for family for thousands of years,” Ryan said of marriage. “First of all, Mitt Romney and I – I'll just say it, it's worth repeating – we believe marriage is between one man and one woman, that's number one. Number two, you know where I come from we had one of those amendments in Wisconsin, I was a big supporter of it and we passed it like you say, where it's put on the ballot it passes. The second point is, President Obama gave up defending the Defense of Marriage Act in the courts, I mean, not only is this decision to abandon this law the wrong decision, it passed in a bipartisan manner, it is very troubling because it undermines not only traditional marriage but it contradicts our system of government. It's not the president's job to pick and choose which laws he likes. A Romney administration will protect traditional marriage and the rule of law and we will provide the Defense of Marriage Act the proper defense in the courts that it deserves.”