House Speaker John Boehner on Monday said he supports cutting the Justice Department's funding over its decision to no longer defend in court the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), the Clinton-era law that bans federal recognition of the marriages of gay and lesbian couples.

“Obviously, the DOJ's decision results in the DOJ no longer needing the funds it would have otherwise expended defending the constitutionality of DOMA,” Boehner wrote in a latter to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, a California Democrat. “It is my intent that those funds be diverted to the House for reimbursement of any costs incurred by and associated with the House, and not DOJ, defending DOMA.”

A Boehner appointed and led committee instructed House council to defend the law in court after the Obama administration decided it would no longer defend a law it considers unconstitutional.

The House is expected to file its first brief on Monday in defense of the law.

The idea of making the department pay for its decision was first suggested by Iowa Congressman Steve King, an ardent opponent of gay rights.

“I would welcome your joining me in support of redirecting those resources from the DOJ to the House that would otherwise have been necessary expenses on the Attorney General to defend this federal statute,” Boehner wrote to Pelosi.

Boehner has already acknowledged that he's unsure about the costs of defending the federal ban on gay marriage in court.