Five members of the gay rights group GetEQUAL were arrested Wednesday outside House Speaker John Boehner's West Chester, Ohio office.

After being denied entry to Boehner's office to deliver a petition urging him not to defend the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), the activists refused to leave and staged a sit-in outside the speaker's office in the rain.

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.

According to the Cleveland-based gay bi-weekly Gay People's Chronicle, police arrested Sean Watkins, Morgan Bonney, Jesse Bonney, Liz Mills and Karay Martin on charges of trespassing. They were released on their own recognizance and are set to appear in court on March 29.