Peter Sprigg of the Family Research Council (FRC) has supported John Boehner's decision to defend the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).

On Wednesday, a five-member panel appointed by Boehner voted 3-2 along party lines to instruct the House's nonpartisan Office of the General Counsel to defend the 1996 law, now that President Barack Obama won't.

Obama decided that his administration would no longer defend the 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.

Appearing Thursday on MSNBC, Sprigg chided Obama for his decision.

“I think the speaker did exactly the right thing because of the failure of the president and the attorney general to do their job,” Sprigg told host Thomas Roberts.

Sprigg argued that banning gay couples from marrying was appropriate because they, unlike straight couples, cannot create life without a third party.

“It makes no sense to extend the benefits of marriage to a type of relationship that is incapable of ever creating children,” he said. “That undermines the whole purpose of the institution and it sends a message to society that children don't need a mother and a father.”

“Let's be clear,” Evan Wolfson of Freedom to Marry countered, “many children in this country are being raised by their gay parents and those kids are being harmed by Mr. Sprigg and his groups and these kinds of discriminatory laws that don't respect their family and allow their parents to have the best structure of support for their kids.” (The video is embedded in the right panel of this page.)