The Washington Blade provides a searchable data base for all those 100,000 Marylanders who made sure that civil marriage for their gay neighbors was put up for a state referendum. Some argue that this is a tool for intimidation or a violation of privacy. I'm afraid I cannot see that. Signing a political petition is a public act. If you are ashamed of trying to deny your fellow citizens their civil rights, you probably shouldn't have signed the petition in the first place.