SC states Right to convert is part of right to choice

SC states Right to Convert is part of Fundamental Right to Choice

Right to choose a religion

  • The Supreme Court has held that a person’s right to choose a religion and marry is an intrinsic part of her meaningful existence
  • Neither the State nor “patriarchal supremacy” can interfere in her decision

SC’s reasoning

  • Freedom of faith is essential to his/her autonomy
  • Choosing a faith is the substratum of individuality and sans it, the right of choice becomes a shadow
  • Matters of belief and faith, including whether to believe, are at the core of constitutional liberty
  • Constitution protects the ability of each individual to pursue a way of life or faith to which she or he seeks to adhere

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