In the recently released decision of Nguyen, the Court of Appeal had occasion to consider whether the spousal incompetency rule applies to common law spouses. Despite the fact that individuals have a Charter protected right to be free from discrimination based on marital status, the Court determined that common law spouses are compellable witnesses for the Crown. This means that a common law spouse could be forced to testify against his/her spouse. It will be interesting to see if this decision is appealed to the Supreme Court. Consider it a small victory for marriage!