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Jesus merely drew the parallel. Yes, of course he was right. But, you cannot put the cart before the horse and neither did he. He noted that marriage came about as a result of the pair-bond. Not the other way around.
Marriage, as a sacrament, is a ritual recognition of the natural pair-bond. It brings the local families and tribal culture into a recognition of the boundary of trust and exclusivity established between the two being married, inside of the boundary created and recognized, and the families and tribe on the outside of the boundary. It draws on the personal integrity and commitment of the two to each other's welfare and spiritual freedom.
The previous poster is correct in noting that the female was considered to be "property." That was the reason for the tradition of dowry. You are correct in noting that the pair-bond between male and female is driven by the potential of reproduction. But, that drive is neither always fruitful nor is it always the primary reason for marriage to many couples.
Furthermore, many cultures defined marriage in terms of polygamy, even though the pair-bond remains a significant natural force.
Personal property, holdings, territory and preferred hunting and gathering grounds, access to trade, peaceful coexistence, lawful morality, tradition, language, alliance against adversity, progeny, inheritance, and many other influences are all building blocks that arise out of the creation of family and the establishment of tribe and leadership.
No, Jesus did not merely draw the 'parallel'. He adamantly confirmed the original design.
You just HAVE to spin it in mindless ways. The 'pair rebonding' IS marriage. The ceremony is simply a formal recognition of it.
And the simple reality is just as I stated, children are the primary basis of marriage. You agreed but pointlessly had to note some of numerous other customs and influences.