Utah's Brigham Young University will allow same-sex couples to compete in its annual ballroom dance competition.

HuffPost reports BYU was required to lift its ban on same-sex couples competing in the U.S. National Amateur DanceSport Championships.

The National Dance Council of America revised its policy in September under the threat of a lawsuit and public pressure.

Now, it allows “same-sex/gender neutral couples” to compete alongside opposite-sex couples in all of the organization’s events.

In order to hold the March 2020 competition, BYU will be required to abide by the new rules.

The Provo university is owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and has hosted the competition since at least 1997.

The change goes against BYU’s Honor Code forbidding gay relationships.

Despite being a renowned school for ballroom dance, the university does not allow men to dance together in its own classes.


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