Christian evangelist Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, Jr. says including gay and lesbian couples in immigration reform would be a “deal-breaker” for his coalition.

Rodriguez, the son of Puerto Rican immigrant parents, founded the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference in 2000 and sits on a board which advises the president on issues of faith.

In an appearance on the Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN), Rodriguez derided amendments filed Tuesday to proposed immigration reform legislation by the so-called “gang of eight” senators.

Both amendments seek to allow a gay American to sponsor an immigrant spouse for citizenship, which is currently not allowed pursuant to the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).

“These two issues should never, ever, ever, ever mix. Should never be mixed. Should never be combined,” Rodriguez said. “It will dilute; It will fracture a coalition that includes the Hispanic Evangelical Association, Southern Baptists, other major denominations that have signed on to comprehensive immigration reform, including the Catholic Bishop's Conference. We will all pull out. So, is it a deal-breaker? Yes, it's a deal-breaker.” (The video is embedded on this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)

Rodriguez added that he did not believe the provision would be included in the final bill.

President Barack Obama earlier said that he supports gay-inclusive language in the bill, but would not rule out signing an immigration bill in which the provision is not included.

(Related: Obama supports move to include gays in immigration bill.)