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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.


Reference material for more in depth research about how Parliament has influenced the form of our relationships

Key dates

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


The role of Parliament in reforming legislation in relation to marriage, divorce and sexuality over the last two centuries

Related information

Current parliamentary business on the topic of children and families