Christian Egalitarians believe in an equal partnership of the wife and husband with neither being designated as the leader in the marriage or family.
Instead, the wife and husband share a fully equal partnership in both their marriage and in the family.
Catholics and Eastern Orthodox Christians consider marriage a Sacrament.
The importance of the meaning of "head" as used by the Apostle Paul is pivotal in the conflict between the Complementarian position and the Egalitarian view.The Code, with variations, occurs in four epistles (letters) by the Apostle Paul and in 1 Peter.The Roman law of Manus gave the husband nearly absolute autocratic power over his wife, including life and death.Christians today hold three competing views as to what is the biblically-ordained relationship between husband and wife.These views range from Christian egalitarianism that interprets the New Testament as teaching complete equality of authority and responsibility between the man and woman in marriage, all the way to Patriarchy that calls for a “return to complete patriarchy” in which relationships are based on male-dominant power and authority in marriage: 1.
According to many Christian denominations, Christian marriage is the union between a man and a woman, instituted and ordained by God as the lifelong relationship between one man as husband, and one woman as wife.