LONDON (AP) — The governing body of ballroom dancing in Britain has stirred controversy by proposing to ban same-sex couples from competitions.
The British Dance Council says it is voting to change the definition of a competing partnership to be "one man and one lady" — a move that equality campaigners and same-sex dancers say is discriminatory.
Dancers argue that they should be judged by their dancing, not their gender. But in a letter to members, the body's president Bryan Allen said that competition organizers should consider the advantage that "physical strength and stamina" gives a same-sex couple over rival dancers.
Sergio Brilhante, a former professional who competed with a male partner, says Friday that argument may work for sports like tennis, but it does not apply to dance.