Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy on Wednesday disagreed with critics of including gay and lesbian couples in comprehensive immigration reform.

Leahy has proposed two amendments to the so-called “gang of eight” senators' bill on immigration reform.

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).

Christian evangelist Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, Jr. of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference called the provision a “deal-breaker,” while Florida Senator Marco Rubio said the inclusion would doom the bill to failure.

“You know at some point we're going to have to face it,” Leahy said during an on-camera interview with “And we'll have to decide when's the best time to face it.”

“You can't go into a state like mine or, it will be now 11 or 12 states and the District of Columbia, where same-sex marriage is legal, and say to this couple, 'OK, we can help you with the immigration matter.' Turn to another couple equally legally married and say, 'Oh, we have to discriminate against you. We can't do anything for you,'” Leahy said.

“On this question of same-sex marriage. In our state, we feel very strongly about this, that people should not be discriminated against. And I want to find a way that couples who are married legally, when one is not an American citizen, they can have the same rights as all other couples married legally.”