Common-law relationships in Manitoba On September 16, , Justice Douglas Yard of the Manitoba Court of Queen's Bench declared the then-current definition of marriage unconstitutional. The judge said that his decision had been influenced by the previous decisions in B. Both the provincial and federal governments had made it known that they would not oppose the court bid. One of the couples, Chris Vogel and Richard North, had legally sought the right to marry, in a high-profile case in , but had been denied. G and Nova Scotia A. G against the provincial government requesting that it issue same-sex marriage licences.