Republican representatives are backing a resolution that condemns a federal judge's ruling that struck down California's gay marriage ban, Proposition 8.

The resolution was introduced Tuesday by Texas Congressman Lamar Smith, POLITICO.COM reported.

Representatives Michele Bachmann of Minnesota, Steve King of Iowa and John Fleming of Louisiana joined Smith in unveiling the measure as lawmakers returned from their August recess for a special one-day session.

Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker's 138-page ruling delivered on Wednesday declares Proposition 8 to be unconstitutional. Republicans have remained mostly mum about the decision that sets the stage for gay marriage to play an increasingly larger role in the upcoming midterm elections.

In announcing the resolution, Smith said he opposes gay marriage because it dilutes heterosexual marriage.

“When a judge takes the law into his hands and seeks to establish a social policy that is his preference without respect for the Constitution, without respect for the Rule of Law, then that decision needs to be rejected,” King said. “Frankly, I think this resolution is a good step in the right direction but we need to do more to rein in the courts.”

Bachmann said that Walker's ruling is another example of a “judge substituting his moral pronouncement under the guise of constitutional law.”

House Minority Leader John Boehner of Ohio said he supports the resolution.

Smith insisted that he was not playing politics by introducing the resolution, which is mostly symbolic and not expected to reach the House floor.

“I just think it's wrong,” Smith said, then added that he felt the majority of Americans believe they should be allowed to vote on the issue.

Groups opposed to gay marriage – including the Family Research Council (FRC) and the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) – have renewed their calls for a federal ban on gay marriage. Such a measure would outlaw the institution in the five states and the District of Columbia where it is legal.