Eleven LGBT groups on Tuesday called on House Speaker John Boehner to stop wasting money defending the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in court.

After the Department of Justice announced it would no longer defend the law in court, Boehner, a Republican from Ohio, directed the so-called Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group (BLAG) to step in. BLAG hired former Solicitor General Paul Clement to argue more than a dozen cases challenging the constitutionality of DOMA, which bans federal agencies from recognizing the legal marriages of gay and lesbian couples.

Last week, CQ Roll Call reported that Republican House leaders in September quietly raised the budget to defend the law from $1.5 to $2 million.

In a letter addressed to Boehner, Majority Leader Eric Cantor and Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy, the groups joined in criticizing the Republican leaders' efforts.

“Despite the enormous economic challenges our country is facing, the House of Representatives recently decided to increase government spending to defend this discriminatory law – a law that intentionally harms thousands of Americans who are legally married. … At the same time, voters in three states approved marriage equality and, in Minnesota, rejected writing a marriage ban into their state's constitution. A strong majority of Americans support marriage for loving, committed same-sex couples – including an increasing number of conservatives. With more states allowing committed same-sex couples to obtain civil marriage licenses, DOMA imposes burdens on hard working, tax paying citizens.”

Signing the letter are the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), OutServe-SLDN, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, the Center for American Progress, the Immigration Equality Action Fund, CenterLink: The Community of LGBT Center, Out & Equal Workplace Advocates, GLMA: Health Professionals Advancing LGBT Equality, and Forge Inc.