Lucknow, Jan. 14 -- The mandatory display of notices for marriage of inter-faith couples will be optional from now, the Allahabad high court has ruled in an order that is likely to bring relief to inter-faith couples at a time when several states in the country have introduced laws that effectively regulate such marriages.

The Lucknow bench of the Allahabad high court ruled that the publication of notice for intended marriage under section 6 and inviting/entertaining objections under section 7 of the Special Marriage Act, will not be mandatory, observing that such notifications "invade in the fundamental rights of liberty and privacy" and affect a couple's freedom to choose marriage "without interference from state and non-state actors"

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