Gay Teacher Fired From California Catholic School After Marrying Partner
A gay Glendora, California high school teacher has been fired from the Catholic all-girl school where he taught for 17 years after marrying his partner last month.
Students say Ken Bencomo, 45, was one of the most beloved teachers at St. Lucy's Priory High School, an all-girl school in Glendora, Calif.
Bencomo and his partner Christopher Persky, 32, were one of the first couples to line up on July 1 at the San Bernardino County Assessor-Recorder's Office to get married after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled a ban on same-sex marriage as unconstitutional.
That same day, the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin ran a front-page photo and online video of the newlyweds celebrating their marriage.
On July 12, Bencomo was notified in person by
"The happiest day of his life has turned into a nightmare," McGarrigle said. "He's sick about it because he has such an affinity for the school. His lifelong efforts have been disrupted. The humiliation hurts him very much."
Bencomo would like to resolve the matter with the school without any litigation, McGarrigle said. Before his marriage, Bencomo had signed an
Yay! Baseless discrimination! What a great lesson to teach to students.
On that note, a 23-year-old former St. Lucy's student has started a Change.org petition to get Bencomo his job back. It's currently at nearly 14,000 signatures and has set a goal of 15,000.
Care to add your name??