House Speaker John Boehner has promised action to defend the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).

“The long and the short of this is that we are going to intervene,” Boehner told Fox News' Greta Van Susteren on Wednesday.

Obama announced last week that his administration would no longer defend the 1996 law that bans federal agencies from recognizing the legal marriages of gay and lesbian couples and allows states to ignore such marriages from out of state. The president said he believes parts of the law are unconstitutional.

“DOMA is the law of the land,” Boehner told Van Susteren. “It passed overwhelming in the House and the Senate. And I think it's outrageous for the president to say, 'Well, we're not going to enforce it.' It's the law of the land. It's the job of the Justice Department to defend the work of our government. And I just think it's outrageous. We're looking at our options, what's available to us to intervene. The short – the long and the short of this is that we are going to intervene. The question is how do we do it.”

On Monday, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor told reporters to expect an announcement on the issue on Friday.