Philip Cohen notes the continuing marriage decline, and concludes that we should give up. Marriage, he thinks, will become irrelevant, even if it doesn't disappear.
I think this is exactly the wrong conclusion.
Marriage is coming back among the most educated, thoughtful, plan-ahead people. There is every reason to believe that they will continue to reap the benefits that marriage has always bestowed. In fact, as the non-marrying fraction of parents grows, the relative benefits of marriage will get even bigger. And these benefits are not just to married families, but to society as a whole. Especially to society as a whole.
I believe that more people will see the growing benefits of marriage, and head back to the institution. The average person, I think, can see when one path benefits them more than another. The most educated couples are leading the way. But good social trends trickle down, just as bad ones sometimes do.