The anti-gay marriage group National Organization for Marriage (NOM) claims Obama officials are sabotaging the defense of the federal gay marriage ban DOMA.

The Obama administration on Thursday appealed two federal cases that found portions of DOMA to be unconstitutional.

U.S. District Judge Joseph Tauro ruled in July that the 1996 law violates the constitutional rights of gay and lesbian couples by denying them equal access to federal benefits such as Social Security.

Both challenges were filed in Massachusetts, the first state to legalize gay marriage in the United States.

Appealing the cases is risky because the current ruling only applies to couples married in Massachusetts but a ruling from a higher court could have nationwide implications.

NOM President Brian Brown accused Obama officials of purposefully throwing the case.

“The DOJ [Department of Justice] brief amounts to collusive litigation, failing to even offer to the court, much less vigorously defend, the reasons Congress laid out in the statute when it passed DOMA – especially responsible procreation,” Brown said in a statement.

In its filing, the administration called DOMA “rational” because states have yet to adopt uniform rules on gay marriage.

“All the parties to this litigation want the court to strike down DOMA; this is clear from their behavior, no matter what President Obama and his politicized DOJ pretend to convey to the public,” Brown added. “If Obama's DOJ had merely honestly refused to defend the law, the court would likely have permitted another party to intervene to defend the law.”

“Obama's DOJ is trying to retain control so it can lose the case,” Brown said.