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University Asks: Are You Gay or Straight?

I could see asking this question after enrollment IF the purpose was to preserve students' right to not be forced to share a room and shower facilities with people who find them sexually attractive. But there's no justification for it on the application.

The University of Iowa has become the first public institution of higher learning to ask students about their sexual orientation during the application process for admission.

The University of Iowa has become the first public U.S. university to ask incoming students about their sexual orientation and gender identity so they can be connected to relevant services once enrolled, the school said on Wednesday.

University officials said in a statement that their admissions office began asking those optional questions this fall in applications for entry.

The university's decision places it in...