With the dancing show expected to return in October, it was announced earlier this month that Olympic boxer Nicola Adams would be the show’s first contestant to compete with a professional partner of the same sex.
In the past, openly gay contestants have still performed in mixed-sex partnerships on Strictly.
Speaking to Best magazine, Norton said: “As you have people who can be openly gay on that show, I don't particularly need to see a man dancing with a man.”
Explaining that he knew the decision by BBC bosses came from a “good place”, the TV host admitted that he was worried the difference in partnerships might “muddy the waters” when it came to judging.
“If you've got two partners who can do lifts and men’s bodies are different shapes, how would that work?”, he questioned.
“I don't think it's a homophobic thing. You want to be able to compare like with like."
The BBC has previously defended its choice to allow Adams to dance with another woman, saying: “Strictly Come Dancing is an inclusive show and is proud to have featured same sex dancing amongst the professional dancers in group numbers in previous series… Nicola Adams requested an all-female pairing, which we are happy to facilitate.”
Strictly is expected to return in October and will run for a slightly shorter nine-week season this year due to the pandemic.
The judging panel will also be reduced, with Bruno Tonioli unable to take up his regular spot due to travel restrictions.