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Conservative backbenchers urge the government to defer legislation on same-sex marriage

Doubts as to whether ‘gay marriage’ will be included in the Queen’s Speech

The national press has reported that, in the wake of the Conservative Party's reverses in local authority elections last week, the government is coming under pressure to defer the introduction of what are regarded by its supporters as less popular reforms. This includes the legalisation of same-sex marriage.

In March 2012 the Home Office launched a public consultation which set out the government's proposals to enable same-sex couples to have a civil marriage.

The key proposals of the consultation were:

The consultation document can be read here.

The Queen's Speech takes place on Wednesday, 9th May.

To read the response to such reports of Lynne Featherstone, the Equalities Minsiter, please click here.