Margaret Agard Posted over 3 years ago Do you think marriage, as a social commitment device, still works? Or did it ever work? It works for children and that is the point. Children have rights. Adults have responsibilities. We seem to have forgotten that. One of the rights of a child is to be raised by both his/her genetic parents (twin studies show our attitudes are 60% nature and 40% nuture) unless truly tragic events take place.