Acanfora vs. Montgomery County Public Schools, Maryland

In November 1972, Acanfora filed suit in Federal District Court in Maryland seeking to be reinstated to his eighth-grade earth science classroom teaching position from which he had been transferred immediately upon school officials learning of his homosexuality. Acanfora, and his fellow teachers and students testified at length in support of his reinstatement. Extensive expert testimony was presented in the courtroom as to the possible effects that Acanfora, as a known homosexual, and gay teachers generally could have on students. The case was appealed to the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals and ultimately to the U. S. Supreme Court. Key testimony and court decisions are presented here.

COURT TESTIMONY

ACANFORA TESTIFIES ON WITNESS STAND

Expert Witnesses Testify on Risks & Benefits of Gay Teachers in the Classroom

  • DR. JOHN WILLIAM MONEY
  • Professor of Medical Psychology and Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine;
  • DR. REGINALD SPENCER LOURIE
  • Professor of Child Health and Development, George Washington University; Director of the Department of Psychiatry of the children’s Hospital of D.C.; Medical Director of the Hillcrest Children’s Center
  • DR. FELIX P. HEALD
  • Professor of Pediatrics, and Director of the Division of Adolescent Medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine
  • DR. STANFORD B. FRIEDMAN
  • Professor of Pediatrics and Psychiatry at the University of Rochester; Head of the Division on Child and Adolescent Services, Professor of Psychiatry in Human Development, and Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Maryland
  • DR. WILLIAM R. STAYTON
  • Instructor in Family Psychiatry and Chief of Family Life and Sex Education in the School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry, Division of Family Studies and Director of the Center for the Study of Human Sexuality in Religion at the University of Pennsylvania