The British media has reported that Prime Minister David Cameron is prepared to suspend his plans to legalise same-sex marriage in the UK following local election losses.
Both the Sunday Times and the Daily Mail have claimed that as a result of a public and political backlash from his own Conservative Party he is considering putting marriage equality legislation on the backburner.
Cameron is said to be aware that his plans cannot move forward without support from his party which is now extremely fearful of alienating the public.
George Osborne, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, said in an interview on BBC that while he was in support of same-sex marriage, the elections had shown that the public’s priorities were elsewhere.
“I think what people are saying is focus on the things that really matter, focus on the economy and on education and welfare. Focus on those things, don’t get distracted by too many other issues,” he said.
In March, Britain’s Home Office launched a consultation process on how to give gay couples the right to civil marriage.
It said at the time that it intended to make the right to marry in civil premises, like a register office or hotel, available to gay and lesbian couples.
Under current law, same-sex couples in the UK can have a civil partnership but not a civil marriage.