''While gays and lesbians face a lot of the same active discrimination as racial minorities, they are not automatically at the same socioeconomic disadvantage as racial minorities tend to be. And as long as identifying as gay carries negative consequences, checking the "gay" box will say a lot more about you than just your sexual preference.''
Closing statements from Gabriel Arana of the American Prospect who apparently thinks adding a section for sexual orientation is not a helpful in the process of picking students for the University of Pennsylvania. The 2010 Application's section on "Demographics" is optional and does include questions about marital status and racial background. [Funny note: "White" includes "Middle Eastern."] Some who have read the opinion are arguing that it's great for diversity and creating a welcome atmosphere for LGBT students, others argue that sexual-orientation has no socio-economic component and therefore doesn't qualify. (American Prospect)