Same-sex ceremonies would appear almost identical to heterosexual weddings under the changes.
Equalities minister Lynne Featherstone has disclosed that the coalition Government is committed to talks on "what the next stage should be for civil partnerships".
"This will include consideration of whether civil partnerships should be allowed to include religious readings, music and symbols," she said in a Commons written answer.
The move will alarm Tory traditionalists. Former party chairman Lord Tebbit told The Daily Telegraph: "I wouldn't want anything done to add to the pretence that a civil partnership is a marriage."
The latest review of civil partnerships follows an amendment made in the last Parliament in the House of Lords to the Equality Act which removed the ban on holding civil partnership ceremonies on religious premises.
A Government document published last month, entitled Working for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Equality, said the Government would now be holding talks with those with a "key interest" in the issue, including religious leaders.
It said that the discussions would cover "how some religious organisations can allow same-sex couples the opportunity to register their relations in a religious setting if they wish to do so".
The move has already run into opposition from traditionalists in the Church of England.
The Bishop of Exeter, the Rt Rev Michael Langrish, is quoted in the Telegraph as saying in a personal statement: "As some of us warned at the time, the amendment to the Equality Bill has opened an area of unhelpful doubt and confusion.
"The Church of England will not be allowing use of any of its buildings for civil partnership registrations."
Sure, not nearly as good as actual marriages, but as the title says- The UK is moving in the right direction.