Insights into Editorial: Why are States opting for legislation on ‘freedom of religion’?

  Context: The story so far: The Special Marriage Act, 1954 (SMA) was enacted to facilitate the marriage of couples professing different faiths and preferring a civil wedding. However, some practical problems arise in registering such marriages. The law’s features on prior public notice being given and objections being called from any quarter place a …

Special Marriage Act 1954

Topics Covered: Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation. Special Marriage Act, 1954: Why in News? Plea in Supreme Court over certain Special Marriage Act provisions. The petition seeks the court’s directions to strike down certain Sections.  What are the controversial provisions? Why they …