Same-sex couples can now apply for guardianship rights. Photo: ReutersSame-sex couples can now apply for guardianship 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 in what is being seen as a major step forward in the protection of LGBT rights. The unnamed couple were married overseas, but their union is not legally recognised in China. However, the guardianship process – completed through the Beijing Guoxin Notary Public Office – will allow them to make their partner the beneficiary of their will and confer other legal protections, Beijing News reported on Thursday. The couple, who have been together for 10 years, took the decision so they can act as legal guardians for each other when they grow old or need hospital treatment.