Check out this week's Miss Manners column. There's a great question about when it's appropriate to ask someone's sexuality, and, as always, Miss Manners gives the right answer. It is, of course, easy for her to give the right answer since she is by definition always correct.
Here's the meat of her response:
You may ask if you have a legitimate reason for wanting to know, and no, curiosity doesn't count. Falling in love, wanting to fix someone up, or recruiting for an organization where this is relevant could be sufficient reasons.What do you all think about this? Is Miss Manners right here?
There's also a great question from a woman whose married couple friends have stopped inviting her out now that she's divorced, and Miss Manners says that she "finds it sadly discouraging to know that in the 21st century, there are still people who believe that it is improper for a lady to venture out socially, especially in the evening, without a gentleman to escort her."
Miss Manners calls 'em like she sees 'em!