Asked if the House would appoint a special counsel to defend the law itself in the White House's stead, Boehner said, "It's an option being considered" and added that he would likely have a decision on how to proceed "by the end of the week."
"I'd be very surprised if the House didn't decide that they were going to defend the law," Boehner said. Surprisingly, he suggested that the move was likely beneficial to Democrats in the next election.
"It strikes me as something that's just as raw politics as anything I've seen knowing that a lot of people who believe in DOMA are probably not likely to vote for him and pandering to the other side on this issue," he said.
Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) made a similar argument to TPM last week, putting the two in agreement on the political side of DOMA at least.