Budget 2013: No tax break for married couples
2 February 2013 Last updated at 22:28 GMT
The government will not introduce a tax break for married couples in next month's Budget, it has emerged.
There had been speculation David Cameron would bring in the measure to appease Tory backbenchers who are opposed to gay marriage.
However legislation is expected to be introduced before 2015 to allow couples to transfer part of their personal tax allowance to their partner.
The Commons will vote next week on the government's plans for gay marriage.
Carole Walker reports.