Entry #12250: Same-sex marriage in China

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IssueSame-sex marriage
StatusUnregistered cohabitation
Start DateOct 1, 2017
End Datenow
DescriptionSince October 1st, 2017, a system that is in use for same-sex couples was enacted called "legal guardianship" or "guardianship agreement". The system grants same-sex couples some limited rights such as medical care, property management and other additional rights that can expressed through different documents the couple may sign. Additionally, Beijing provides dependent residency status to foreign same-sex couples since the 1st of July 2013. In Hong Kong, several court decisions and most notably court case Leung Chun Kwong v Secretary for the Civil Service granted same-sex couples limited rights and benefits in the realm of immigration, tax rights and inheritance.

Revision History (5)

Revision by cihalcoc. Incorrect status

Old Value New Value (Current)
ValueOther type of partnershipUnregistered cohabitation

Revision by Samuel_NOT_Samuele. added

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Revision by Samuel_NOT_Samuele. added

Old Value New Value
ValueUnregistered cohabitationOther type of partnership

Revision by Pizzaslices412653. China has unregistered cohabitation on same-sex relations

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ValueNot legalUnregistered cohabitation


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http://www.npc.gov.cn/npc/c2198/200207/e83359db035c4d1fb40ba0083e40130d.shtml http://www.npc.gov.cn/npc/c2198/200207/e83359db035c4d1fb40ba0083e40130d.shtml
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  • Status is not correct "statuds is wrong"

Revision by Vito12. If this is wrong please change it

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ValueOther type of partnershipNot legal




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https://theconversation.com/how-china-is-legally-recognising-same-sex-couples-but-not-empowering-them-122270 https://www.sixthtone.com/news/1004427/how-legal-guardianship-made-my-same-sex-relationship-official https://hongkongfp.com/2019/06/06/breaking-hong-kong-top-court-grants-spousal-benefits-husband-gay-civil-servant/ http://www.npc.gov.cn/npc/c2198/200207/e83359db035c4d1fb40ba0083e40130d.shtml
Reports (4)
  • Newer law has been passed ""?????????????????????????????????????????????" from http://www.npc.gov.cn/npc/c2198/200207/e83359db035c4d1fb40ba0083e40130d.shtml. The Chinese highest legislative body the NPC standing commitee has already explicity said that there is no law in china to support same sex marriage. The National People`s Congree (NPC) is the only agency that has the authority to make laws "
  • Status is not correct
  • Newer law has been passed "there is no law passed with respect to the same sex relationships in China, you can search on the NPC websites"
  • Newer law has been passed "You can search the key word " Homosexuality" on the official Chinese legislative website: http://www.npc.gov.cn/. no law has been passed with respect to sexuality."

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