House Speaker John Boehner, a Republican from Ohio, has said the Republican-led House is likely to defend the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).

In remarks to the Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN), Boehner said he was disappointed with President Obama's decision to no longer defend the 1996 law that bans federal agencies from recognizing the legal marriages of gay and lesbian couples.

“I'm really disappointed in the president and the Department of Justice in the fact that they're not going to defend a law that Congress passed overwhelmingly,” Boehner told David Brody. “It's their responsibility to do that.”

“If the president won't lead, if the president won't defend DOMA, then you'll see the House of Representatives defend our actions in passing a bill that frankly passed overwhelmingly.”

Boehner said House members are considering a number of options, then added: “I'd be very surprised if the House didn't decide that they were gong to defend the law.”

And he accused the president of “pandering” to his gay and lesbian supporters.

“It strikes me as something that's just as raw politics as anything I've seen, knowing that a lot of people who believe in DOMA are probably not likely to vote for him and pandering to the other side on this issue,” he said.