THE WASHINGTON POST

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Homosexual Loses Bid to regain Job

 

Joseph Acanfora III, a self-described homosexual, yesterday lost a second round in his court battle to win reinstatement to his job as an earth science teacher in Montgomery County.

The Fourth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Acanfora was not entitled to reinstatement because he “purposely misled school officials so he could circumvent what he considered to be their unfair employment practices.”

“When Acanfora applied for the teaching position in l972 he did not tell school officials be had been president of an officially recognized homosexual group at Penn State University. The court ruled that he should have informed the school board of his position.

A U.S. District Court in Baltimore had also rejected Acanfora’s attempt to regain his position. It had ruled that he could not be barred from teaching because he was a homosexual, but could be barred because he had made a public issue of his sexual preferences.