Election supervisors in Washington D.C. are holding a special meeting Wednesday to decide if voters will get to decide on gay marriage.
The city council decided last month to recognize same sex marriages performed in states where it is legal.
But a group of conservative Christians is asking the city to put the issue before the voters as a referendum.
Bishop Harry Jackson of the High Impact Leadership Coalition is leading the charge against gay marriage.
"We're going to say that the people of D.C. need to have the final word," he said. "The people need to decide, not a runaway city council. There should be hundreds of gays there as well as people from our side. It is really becoming a major battle. I believe that the marriage Armageddon, if you will, nationally will be the D.C. city."
Jackson and others worry if D.C. is allowed to recognize other states gay marriages, legal barriers in numerous states across the nation may be ruled unconstitutional.