Like many other institutions, Elmhurst College a private liberal-arts college in Chicago’s western suburbs, long affiliated with the United Church of Christ, has included optional questions on their admission applications. Early this year when the College elected to ask about the sexual orientation of their applicants they didn’t know they would cause such a stir.

For Elmhurst it could be seen as a sort of coming out story of their own. And despite all the buzz it seems they are glad they asked.