House Speaker John Boehner, a Republican from Ohio, will not challenge a ruling declaring the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) unconstitutional.

The decision handed down Monday by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of California says the law, which bans federal agencies from recognizing the legal marriages of gay and lesbian couples, violates the equal-protection guarantee of the U.S. Constitution.

Judge Thomas B. Donovan's ruling sides with a gay couple married in California who petitioned the court to file for bankruptcy jointly.

Donovan's ruling was signed by 19 out of the remaining 23 judges of the central district, suggesting they would rule similarly.

House Republicans agreed to take up the law's defense in court after the Obama administration announced it would no longer do so, and is proceeding with appeals in several cases.

Brendan Buck, a spokesman for Boehner, told The New York Times that the ruling would not be appealed.

“Bankruptcy cases are unlikely to provide a path to the Supreme Court, where we imagine the question of constitutionality will ultimately be decided,” Buck told the paper. “Obviously, we believe the statute is constitutional in all its applications, including bankruptcy, but effectively defending it does not require the House to intervene in every case, especially when doing so would be prohibitively expensive.”