The Equal Love campaign is extremely disappointed that, after all the media hype the reality is that we are no further towards overturning the ban on gay marriage and straight sex civil partnerships.
Human rights campaigner Mr Tatchell, who coordinates the Equal Love campaign to overturn the dual ban on gay civil marriage and straight sex civil partnerships, hit out at the coalition government's announcement to begin a consultation on civil marriage and civil partnership equality.
Nearly two thirds of public support same-sex marriage according a June 2012 Populus poll.
"The case for ending sexual orientation discrimination is overwhelming, and the morally right thing to do. Gay couples should be able to have a civil marriage and heterosexual couples should be able to have a civil partnership. The consultation process is likely to postpone for some years justice and fairness for many gay and straight couples. The coalition should proceed immediately to introduce legislation to end the current inequalities and exclusions in marriage and partnership law," said Mr Tatchell.
Commenting on the government's plans to allow civil partnerships in religious buildings, Peter Tatchell said: "Allowing civil partnership ceremonies to have a religious content and to be held in places of worship is a significant advance for both gay and religious freedom. It was petty and authoritarian to ban faith organisations like the Quakers from holding civil partnership ceremonies, when they clearly expressed a wish to do so. The old restrictions forced religious bodies to discriminate against same-sex couples, even when they didn't want to. "By banning religious civil partnerships, the current law is denying religious bodies the right to treat gay couples equally. It is forcing them to discriminate, even when many of them do not want to.
"What most same-sex couples want, whether they are religious or non-religious, is an end to their exclusion from all forms of legal marriage."