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BYU Will Allow Same-Sex Couples At Dance Competition

Couples dance in the preliminary rounds as dundreds of ballroom dancers of all ages sweep compete as BYU hosts the United States National Amateur DanceSport Championship...among the largest amateur ballroom dance events in the country, participants include dancers age kindergarten up in six categories, with titles awarded in Latin, standard, smooth, rhythm, cabaret and formationThursday, March 12, 2009, in Provo, Utah. (Tom Smart, Deseret News)

PROVO, Utah – For the first time, same-sex couples will be allowed to compete in the annual ballroom dance competition at Brigham Young University.

The university has hosted the U.S. National Amateur Dancesport Championships for more than 20 years.

The change comes as the National Dance Council of America has changed its rules, allowing for same-sex couples.

BYU was originally exempt from the new rules, but that changed when the council was threatened with a lawsuit.

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