At the beginning, equality minister Lynne Featherstone had announced that the government would begin its study in summer:
"Having listened to stakeholders, it is clear that there is a genuine desire among many of them to move forward to equality between marriage and civil partnerships. Over the summer we shall start a discussion with all those with an interest in the matter on how legislation can develop."
But now, we have to wait the autumn as said a Home Office spokesman:
"We are at the early stages of this work and will be, from the autumn, looking to discuss with a range of stakeholders how this work can move forward."
Peter Tatchell, miltant for LGBT rights, is displeased with this change:
"The government announced its plan to consult way back in February. The consultation was scheduled to begin in the summer. Now it has been put back until the autumn. There is no excuse for these endless delays. Either the government is committed to equality or it is not.
What is there to consult on? Equality is non-negotiable. There would be no long drawn out consultation if this was an issue of racial discrimination. The government would promptly legislate to ensure race equality. Why the double standards when it comes to the ban on same-sex marriage?"