California Representative Buck McKeon is the latest lawmaker to support a bill that would force the Obama administration to defend the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).

Representative Vicky Hartzler (R-MO) introduced her resolution after President Barack Obama announced he 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 and instructed the Department of Justice to no longer defend the statute in court.

Hartzler's resolution states that Congress “condemns the Obama administration' direction [sic] that the Department of Justice should discontinue defending the Defense of Marriage Act; and demands that the Department of Justice continue to defend the Defense of Marriage Act in all instances.”

In a statement released Friday, McKeon expressed regret at the president's decision.

“I have serious concerns about the Administration arbitrarily overreaching and unilaterally determining the constitutionality of legislation, a move that should be left for the courts to decide,” McKeon said. “The Defense of Marriage Act was passed by Congress in 1996 with bipartisan support and was signed into law by President Bill Clinton. It has been official law for 14 years. That's why I signed onto a resolution this week to reverse the Administration's unruly decision not to defend DOMA. The Justice Department has a responsibility to defend the laws passed by Congress regardless of the personal and political views of the President or the Attorney General.”

The resolution has attracted 81 co-sponsors in the House, including Representatives Jim Jordan of Ohio, Virginia Foxx of North Carolina, Steve King of Iowa, Trent Franks of Arizona and possible presidential candidate Michele Bachmann of Minnesota.