They told us they’d do it and now they’re doing it. A coalition of anti-gay-marriage groups has begun a signature drive to put the same-sex marriage bill that recently passed the Maryland legislature up for voter referendum in November. They’ll get their referendum if they can get 56,000 signatures by the end of June. With marriage-equality splitting Maryland voters nearly in half, I’ll think they’ll get it.

Oh, and in case you were wondering who is to blame for the passage of the gay marriage bill, it’s the “elites.”According to Maryland Marriage Alliance Executive Director Derek McCoy, the recent success of the marriage equality movement is due to “an elite group of politicians and supporters” who are out of step with “average” Marylanders. Not to be contrary, but you’d think that with such overwhelming support from the “elites” that the queer community would have had it a little easier up until now, right?

Of course, it’s just as likely that voters will confirm the bill as reject it in November. But to the church, even if the bill is upheld it won’t be required to perform same-sex marriages, though they may catch some heat for denying a lesbian communion at her mother’s funeral, as happened last week in Gaithersburg, Md.