Should Strictly Come Dancing feature same-sex couples?

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Craig Revel Horwood has claimed that same-sex couples will be included in prime-time dancing show Strictly Come Dancing as soon as next year, despite BBC officials confirming there were "no plans" over the weekend. The Argentine Tango between two men is powerful and explosive'.

Speaking on ITV's Lorraine, Craig said he hoped to see same sex couples on the show while he was still a judge. "And... it's not just about sex it's about dancing".

He said: "In the world of competition, there are same-sex couples competing, so there is no reason same-sex couples couldn't happen on Strictly".

"I think same-sex couples can exist - you only have to decide who's going to go backwards really, don't you?"

And although Craig is known for his harsh marking, he proved that deep down, he's a real softy, adding: "It's great to celebrate anyone's sexuality. there's nothing wrong, I mean you can get married now can't you?"

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Strictly Come Dancing has once again found itself at the centre of a debate about whether or not contestants should be able to dance with same-sex professional partners on the show. The Beeb just have to decide if it's something they want to do.

Following the glitzy launch show, former popstar and Strictly hopeful Reverend Richard Coles - who is in a same-sex marriage - argued it made "no sense" that anyone would resist being partnered with dancers of the same gender.

"I think politically, there's nothing more powerful than having an openly gay woman on the biggest show on television, whose wife's on the front row, doing what she wants to do", she stated, pointing out that many gay men, from Will Young to Judge Rinder, have participated on the show without the same level of criticism.

And finally, when asked whether the BBC planned to ever allow a celebrity to dance with a pro of the same gender: 'At the moment we have no plans to introduce same-sex couples in the competition'.

This dialogue opened up after Coles' fellow contestant, Scottish comedian Susan Calman, was criticised on social media for not having a female dance partner despite being a lesbian. "I think this move will be appreciated".

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