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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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1. 2019-08-13 22:56  
But if I read this correctly, this is in no way specifically related to LGBT rights, correct? You can (or has always been able to) list any friend or relative as your legal guardian?
2. 2019-08-14 03:05  
At least China is moving forward: Baby Steps!!!!
3. 2019-08-14 12:34  
You can do that in most countries. Even in Singapore 2 adult male can jointly buy a HDB leasehold flat and set up home. The only thing they don't like is 2 guys marrying each other and calling each other spouse ;) Maybe because heterosexual marriage are so delicate that, it will fall apart if gays are also allowed to get married.
修改於2019-08-14 12:37:03
4. 2019-08-14 20:18  
So the only thing new is that the age limit has been lowered. This is not LGBT-related. From the article: "Same-sex couples are not able to marry or adopt under existing laws in China, but since 2017 all adults have been able to appoint their own legal guardian to act on their behalf should they partly or completely lose their mental capacity, for example when undergoing medial treatment. Previously only the elderly were allowed to do so."
5. 2019-08-15 14:08  
@hylander is quite correct. It has nothing specifically to do with gay rights and is no reason for the LGBT community to wave flags and shout about "baby steps"! It has nothing whatever to do with LGBT acceptance, advancement of gay rights, civil partnerships or gay marriage. Seems that those like @HappyWilly did not read the full article, for it clearly states "since 2017 all adults have been able to appoint their own legal guardian to act on their behalf." All adults!

Where are the baby steps", @HappyWilly?

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