Those who still believe that the marriage laws are as eternal and immutable as the British Isles have received a bit of a kick in the groin from a heterosexual couple who have somehow inveigled themselves into a civil partnership. The recent granting of equal marriage rights for homosexuals in the UK, of course, has undermined the institution of matrimony by showing it up as slightly less eternal and immutable than the United Kingdom or the Anglican Communion, and thus helped usher in the forthcoming Apocalypse. Fortunately for the souls of some, the second-order nature of gay marriage is still apparent, both in the grubby compromises of the Established Church and in the purely homosexual nature of civil partnerships. In the UK these are denied to normal people, whose healthy natural instincts are assumed to lead them straight to the morally superior options of real marriage or cohabitation. However, the Isle of Man, which is one of the British Isles but not part of the United Kingdom (confused aliens may see this for clarification), has muddied the waters by allowing heterosexuals the option of entering civil partnerships, thus equating them with homosexuals; which has very little to do with equality as it is manifested in our eternal and immutable Britishness.