Gay GOP group Log Cabin Republicans support House Speaker John Boehner's decision to defend the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in court.

Boehner on Friday announced the creation of a five-member panel to consider whether to instruct the House's nonpartisan Office of the General Counsel to defend the law after President Barack Obama announced the Department of Justice would no longer defend the law because he believed parts of it are unconstitutional. DOMA bans federal agencies from recognizing the legal marriages of gay and lesbian couples and allows states to ignore such marriages from out of state.

While six House Democrats – including its four openly gay members – on Friday released a statement in support of the president's decision, R. Clarke Cooper, the executive director of Log Cabin Republicans, appeared on MSNBC's Hardball to support Boehner.

“I want to see DOMA repealed. I would love to see it repealed legislatively,” Cooper told Chris Matthews, then added, “The speaker is doing the right thing for right now. This was not political courage by president Obama, this was political calculus. He threw this in the mix to try to stir the pot.”

When Matthews protested Cooper's swipe at the president, Cooper responded: “This is gamesmanship on the president's part.”

Cooper also refused to answer when Matthews asked, “Is the president right or wrong to not fight for the constitutionality of DOMA?” (The video is embedded in the right panel of this page.)