During the past 200 years Parliament has focused its attention on a wide range of issues affecting people's personal lives in relation to marriage, divorce and sexuality.
Often Parliament has passed legislation in response to campaigns by outside groups and organisations which have been anxious to protect vulnerable individuals. It has increasingly legislated on controversial issues where there have been many diverse, strongly-held opinions to take into account.
Explore the Parliamentary collections for documents and images about relationships
Reference material for more in depth research about how Parliament has influenced the form of our relationships
View the sequence of events and Acts of Parliament relating to the regulation of our relationships
Find out about some of the present-day issues concerning marriage and the family with which Parliament is concerned