The petition to 'consult with women on proposals to enshrine 'gender identity' in law', calls for a proper consultation on proposed changes to the legal definitions of male and female.
If the proposals go ahead, the government's new legal definitions for female and male would no longer describe the biological facts of sex and material reality, but an individual's subjective feeling of 'self-identity'.
Such legal and linguistic changes would render all sex based rights and protections in the Equality Act meaningless and unworkable.
Meanwhile uncertainty caused by these government plans means providers have been hesitant to invoke the 'sex exemptions' in anticipation of this becoming unlawful in the near future.
When the petition reached 10,000 signatures, the government had a duty to respond.