House Majority Leader Eric Cantor on Monday promised action by Friday to defend the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).

Cantor said that he agrees with House Speaker John Boehner's pledge to stand by the law now that President Barack Obama has said that he believes parts of it are unconstitutional. Cantor refused to give any details, instructing reporters to check back on Friday.

“I stand by [Boehner's] commitment to make that happen,” Cantor, a Virginia Republican, told reporters, reported.

Obama announced on Wednesday that his administration would no longer defend the 1996 law that bans federal agencies from recognizing the legal marriages of gay and lesbian couples.

“Again I do believe that this is a case that is distinguishable on its merits and to have the administration take the position, the president take the position, that he's not defending the law of the land, is something very troubling I think to most members of the House,” Cantor said.

Boehner told the Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN) that he was disappointed with the president's decision, adding that he would be “very surprised if the House didn't decide that they were going to defend the law.”