Newly legal Californian same-sex marriages have given nuptially inclined gay and lesbian Australians more reasons to feel left out.

Greens leader Bob Brown said the Rudd Government’s opposition to same-sex marriage was unpopular, discriminatory and old-fashioned.

If Republican Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is going with the Californian Supreme Court ruling that the ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional, surely Kevin Rudd and Nicola Roxon can back growing majority opinion in Australia that their support for the ban, while old-time quaint and Howardian, is wrong, he said.

The Greens will seek to amend the government legislation to end discrimination in marriage law.

More details of the ACT civil unions have appeared since the Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages began accepting applications on Monday.

If a couple chooses to opt for a ceremony, the ACT Government has included vows in the program: I, partner 1, take you, partner 2, to be my partner for life. I promise above all else to live in truth with you, and to communicate fully and fearlessly. I give you my hand and my heart as a sanctuary of warmth and peace and pledge my love, devotion, faith and honour as I join my life to yours.

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