Susan Fitch


The National Gay Task Force (NGTF) looked to the courts for relief in challenging an Oklahoma statute which attempted to regulate teachers' speech. National Gay Task Force v. Board of Education of Oklahoma City marks the first time since the beginning of the gay rights movement that the United States Supreme Court has granted certiorari to a case which had homosexuality as its central issue. The result in National Gay Task Force has left both the challengers and the defenders of the Oklahoma statute claiming victory.

The NGTF claims that although the portion of the statute which prohibits teachers from advocating or promoting homosexuality in the classroom has been upheld, four members of the Supreme Court have demonstrated that laws which silence all speech about homosexuality will not be upheld. The Board of Education of Oklahoma City will probably lobby to have the Oklahoma legislature pass a new law which will not infringe upon the constitutional rights of homosexual teachers.