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Ruby View: The Queen and (LGBT)I? – a royal decree against discrimination

Queen-Elizabeth_1Following the signing of an official document by her Royal Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, the Commonwealth officially stands against all discrimination.

The document formalises “core values of the organisation and the aspiration of its members.” That organisation is the Commonwealth, which Australia is a member of.

The Queen is set to sign the document later today in London.

The document will officially oppose “all forms of discrimination, whether rooted in gender, race, colour, creed, political belief or other grounds.”

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A List for Lovers: Ten Tracks for Valentine’s Day 2013

Source: http://pembedusunur.blogspot.com.auIt’s that time of year again. The 14th of February, when everyone in love is ‘obligated’ to demonstrate those feelings in ways worthy of a Hallmark card or a romantic comedy, and all the Unloved feel like second class citizens (should they have the energy to care at all).

As has become a Cheaper Than Rubies custom over the past few months, we intend to engage with the occasion in the best way possible: through music. (Don’t worry singletons – there’s a playlist for you too!)

This playlist is unashamedly for the lovers amongst us. It doesn’t matter if you’re newly-weds, have a significant number of years under your shared belt, or if you are still reeling in the first flutterings of infatuation. If you are currently experiencing the greatest thing you’ll ever learn, these songs are for you.

Perhaps you’ll listen to them with your significant other over a candlelit dinner, or curled up in front of the TV with a bag of Malteasers, or maybe they’ll ease the heartache of a long-distance relationship. However you choose to use them, all these songs have an element of the romantic about them, working together to make you feel all gooey inside, and maybe even get you laid… You just never know when it comes to affairs of the heart.

But be warned: the following post may contain cheese.

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First comes love, then comes marriage‚Ķ

This week, Barack and Michelle Obama celebrated their twentieth wedding anniversary. That’s a marriage that’s lasted almost as long as I’ve been alive, and that’s something that’s really worth celebrating, especially when the couple in question are still as obviously in love as the President and his First Lady.

But I’m not even 23 yet. I don’t need to think about those kinds of things at this point in my life. Do I?

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News Wrap: Bali boy to fly home Sunday

The schoolboy convicted of drug possession in Bali looks set to fly home this Sunday with prosecutors preparing the paper work after they accepted his jail sentence of two months.

A warning has been issued as a bushfire continues to threaten lives and homes in Nannup – east of Margaret River – in Western Australia.

Jeffrey Gilham has won an appeal to overturn the conviction of murdering his parents in 1993. He was freed on bail on Friday following the collapse of the prosecutor’s case.

The ALP launched their National Conference in Sydney on Friday to discuss policy, including a conscience vote on gay marriage and exporting uranium to India. A large rally in support of marriage equality has been planned, with the issue being boosted by a video by lobby group GetUp!, which has gone viral.

(More stories after the jump.)

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