(WASHINGTON TIMES) LOS ANGELES — It used to be considered bad form to out gay public figures – but now California judges are being asked to reveal their sexual identities in the name of diversity.

The Judicial Applicant and Appointment Demographics Inclusion Act, which took effect Jan. 1, requires the state to ask its 1,600 judges whether they are homosexual. The goal is to “promote and increase the representation of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in the state’s judicial branch,” according to Equality California, which pushed for the bill.

Equality California spokeswoman Rebekah Orr emphasized that the law does not require judges to state whether they are gay.

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