13 Aug 2019

Gay couple in Beijing become first to take advantage of new legal rights

A same-sex couple in Beijing have become the first in the city to complete the process of being named as each other’s legal guardian.

The couple were married overseas, but because this is not legally recognised in China the step is seen as the closest thing to a marriage certificate.
Becoming each other’s guardian helps protect property rights and allows them to authorise medical treatment, and the step is being seen as a major step forward in the protection of LGBT rights.

The guardianship process – completed through the Beijing Guoxin Notary Public Office – will allow the couple to make their partner the beneficiary of their will and confer other legal protections.

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