Prime Minister Kevin Rudd says the Federal Government is still waiting on legal advice to decide if it will block an ACT law that provides for same-sex civil unions.
The ACT allows same-sex couples to recognise their relationship with a legally binding ceremony, but as it is similar to a bill the Government blocked last year because it was too similar to marriage it was initially reported this morning by ABC News.
Mr Rudd says the Government is still deciding what to do this time.
"We'll work our way through all of that once we receive the legal advice from the attorney-general's department," he said.
"Our position is that we will stick with the Marriage Act, but we'll just see what the legal advice says in terms of what's been done in the ACT.
"I don't know the outcome of that yet."
The Greens leader Bob Brown says Mr Rudd should respect the right of the ACT to make its own laws.
"It would be plain bigotry for Kevin Rudd to overturn the laws and an interference, an arrogant override of the territory's elected representatives, a democratic decision by the territory legislature," Senator Brown said.
The sheer fact that Mr Rudd is looking into turning over this legislation, shows a bigotry and complete personal denial of the equal rights of all Australians by the current prime minister of htis country.