From time to time in American history, moments come which require the highest order of moral
leadership. You will face such a moment next week. Despite Herculean efforts, we have been
unable to keep the so-called Defense of Marriage Act from your desk. Besides being a clear
instrument of hate and division, DOMA will institute apartheid for gay and lesbian Americans for
the first time in history. It is wrong. And more than the fact that you have a healthy lead in the
polls, more than the fact that you have already done more than any other leader for gay Americans
in the history of this country and more than for us, we want you to veto DOMA for yourself.
You should be able to look back when you are 90 years old, sitting on a rocker in Little Rock and
when asked whether you acted with integrity when you faced your Plessy v. Ferguson -- you will
be able to say to yourself and to history a resounding "yes."