Colorado Rep. Jared Polis on Thursday criticized House Republicans for including DOMA defense in a rules package.

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.

Polis, who is openly gay and recently became a father with his longtime partner, criticized the move, saying it was the “wrong foot to start on.”

“House Republicans in this rule are seeking to authorize lawyer fees for a costly federal takeover of marriage that would single out legally married couples for discriminatory treatment under federal law,” Polis told colleagues. “At least when Democrats spend money, we build roads and bridges, educate kids, provide health care. This Republican spending goes right into the pocket of lawyers. Big-spending Republicans, on day one, spending millions of dollars of taxpayer money on a federal takeover of marriage and a lawyer stimulus – wrong foot to start off on.” (The video is embedded on this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)

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

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