House Speaker John Boehner on Wednesday criticized President Barack Obama for not defending the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in court.

A case challenging the constitutionality of DOMA, the 1996 law which prevents the federal government from recognizing the legal marriages of gay and lesbian couples, has reached the Supreme Court, which will hear oral arguments in the case next week.

A Boehner-appointed and -led committee instructed House council to defend the law in court after the Obama administration decided it would no longer defend a law it considers to be unconstitutional. The House is defending DOMA in at least 12 legal cases.

At a press conference on Wednesday, Boehner was asked about the House's involvement in the case.

“In our system of government, the administration doesn't get to decide what's constitutional. The Supreme Court does,” explained Boehner, a Republican from Ohio. “Our financing the lawsuit was to make sure that the proper forum was used to make sure that we know what's constitutional and what isn't.”

Boehner also reiterated his opposition to marriage equality.

“Listen, this is a very divisive issue. And people on both sides of this question have serious positions and I respect everyone's opinion. I just gave my opinion. My opinion born out of my childhood, my faith, my beliefs that marriage is between one man and one woman. I respect other people's views.” (The video is embedded on this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)