President Barack Obama on Tuesday unveiled his plans for immigration reform. And unlike a Senate framework released Monday, Obama's plan includes gay and lesbian 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.

Speaking Tuesday on CBS This Morning, Arizona Senator John McCain confirmed that the Senate's plan does not address the inequity.

(Related: John McCain: Gay couples “not of paramount importance” to immigration reform.)

The president laid out his objectives during a speech delivered in Las Vegas. Key principles include strengthening border security, cracking down on employers hiring undocumented workers, allowing undocumented immigrants to earn their citizenship and streamlining legal immigration.

Under that last principle, Obama included a “keep families together” proposal, which aims to eliminate backlogs in the family-sponsored immigration system. One proposal is to allow gay and lesbian U.S. citizens the ability to seek a visa for a spouse “on the basis of a permanent relationship with a same-sex partner.”

It was not immediately clear what unions would qualify as a “permanent relationship” since only 9 states and the District of Columbia allow gay couples to marry.