Singer-songwriter Henry Rollins has slammed House Speaker John Boehner's decision to defend the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).

The president recently announced his administration would no longer defend the law because he believes parts of it are unconstitutional. The 1996 law ban federal agencies from recognizing the legal marriages of gay and lesbian couples and allows states to ignore such marriages from out of state.

On Friday, House Majority Leader John Boehner 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.

The Republican-controlled panel is expected to defend the law in court.

In an op-ed published in Vanity Fair, the 50-year-old Rollins said it was “about damn time” the president made the decision, and went on to slam Boehner.

“Of course same sex marriage is constitutional! The right to be yourself, to pursue life, liberty, and property, is protected several ways over several amendments. John Boehner should know this. If only he read the Constitution as often as some of us do, he wouldn’t have bothered to lower himself to this time-wasting, pathetic attempt to invigorate his base of supporters.”

“Damn, congressman, we’re trying to get up the road here. Either lay out a plan for job creation for all of us to see or get out of the way. You are the Speaker of the House. Scratching around in the ancient dirt of repellent prejudice instead of tackling the real issues is amateur hour. You have a plan? Now’s the time.”