The GOP-controlled House on Thursday approved a rules packages which includes DOMA defense.

The language authorizes the House legal team, known as the Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group (BLAG), to continue defending the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in court. DOMA is the 1996 law which forbids federal agencies from recognizing the legal marriages of gay and lesbian couples.

The House is defending the law in at least 12 cases, including Windsor v. United States, which the Supreme Court will hear in the spring.

(Related: Supreme Court to hear gay marriage-related Prop 8, DOMA cases.)

“[T]he Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group continues to speak for, and articulate the institutional position of the House in all litigation in which it appears, including in Windsor v. United States,” the document states.

The House rules package passed in a mostly party-line vote of 228-196.

Openly gay Colorado Rep. Jared Polis, a Democrat, argued that the provision should be removed because they were supporting a “federal takeover of marriage and a lawyer stimulus.”

“It's the wrong foot to start on,” he told colleagues.

A spokesman for House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi criticized the move.

“As House Democrats have time and time again made clear, the BLAG does not speak for all Members of the House of Representatives and we will continue to oppose this wasteful use of taxpayer funds to defend DOMA,” Drew Hammill told The Huffington Post.

House Republicans have authorized $2 million to defend the law.

(Related: Nancy Pelosi charges House Republicans hid $2 million DOMA legal defense boost.)