The government has announced its intention to launch a full public consultation in the autumn to kick start a review of the future of civil partnerships, and a final decision will be taken by the winter of 2014.
During last month’s third reading debate of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill concerns were raised by MPs over the issue of civil partnerships and their role in light of equal marriage legislation.
Three Tory MPs – Tim Loughton, Charlotte Leslie and Rob Wilson – were pushing for civil partnerships to be an option for heterosexual couples in an amendment as part of the bill.
Many in Westminster feared the amendment was an attempt to “wreck the bill” because it could have delayed its passage beyond the 2015 general election.
It will seek views from stakeholders and the public and will run for approximately twelve weeks.
A final decision will be taken by the winter of 2014.