Arizona Senator John McCain, a Republican, on Tuesday was asked whether his immigration reform package introduced on Monday would address gay couples.

Under the current law, a gay or lesbian American citizen cannot sponsor an immigrant spouse for citizenship due to the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) which prevents the federal government from recognizing their marriage.

President Barack Obama will outline his plans for immigration reform on Tuesday. According to BuzzFeed, the president will address the issue.

During an appearance on CBS This Morning, McCain was asked whether his plan would address the inequity.

“It's something that frankly is not of paramount importance at this time,” McCain said. “We'll have to look at it. We'll have to gauge how the majority of Congress feels. But that to me is a red flag that frankly we will address in time. We need to get broad consensus over on our proposal to start with. And there are a number of very difficult issues we have to resolve.” (The video is embedded on this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)