California colleges consider asking applicants if they are gay…

California’s college and university system is looking into asking students about their sexual orientation on enrollment forms and applications.

Gay and lesbian activist groups welcome the idea, particularly because it is being considered in California, where state laws prevent discrimination against gays and lesbians. Gay-rights groups see the idea as part of a broader acceptance of gays and lesbians in society.

But others are dubious of the idea, wondering what the benefit is and whether a breach of school data could compromise students’ privacy.

For their part, University of California officials emphasize that this is not yet a law or even a binding rule, but just an idea. They say it is being examined because of a state law passed last fall that calls for schools to mandate rules that suppress bullying and harassment of gay and lesbian students.

via California colleges consider asking applicants: Are you gay? – Yahoo! News.

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