I contacted Microsoft during the weekend and was informed that this was not their intention and it was the result of some wrong configuration.
I have just been informed - and confirmed - that @gmail.com are no longer blocked and can be used as a Live ID when registered through their site through the option to use an existing e-mail address.
All in all a very good and quick response from the Microsoft Windows Live team.
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