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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. 

The Huffington Post reports:

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 Assistant Principal Sister Helen Dziuk that he was being terminated because his marriage violates the church's teachings, Bencomo's lawyer, Patrick McGarrigle, told HuffPost.

"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 employment renewal contract with St. Lucy's in May.


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 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??


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I signed the petition but it's a Catholic High School. They don't care if there's 100,000 signatures. He won't get his job back.

So sad. Just another display of ignorance on the part of the church. True Christianity is about acceptance not rejection. That school should close. 

Doesn't the Catholic Church know the difference between a civil marriage and a church marriage?  Evidently not.  Their hypocracy is mind-boggling!

Hypocrisy..from the catholic church.. What its so mind boggling? For me the mind boggling comes from allowing a hate group to allow to operate so freely and without shame, the only organization in history to have more blood on there hands than the nazis, and and they are still promoting hate. Catholicism is a cult. Read the Bible if you need God, and after words, tell me where it says "go to church" and the word must be in there right something so horrible must have a word to define it.. right.. If every thing started with a word then God would have given the author the one word to describe homosexuals. We don't say the favorite angel who feel from gods grace, we say the devil or satan. Anything bad enough to be a abomination shouldn't be a whole sentence...if everything was created with a word. A contract with descrimination in the wording should be prosecuted in initself. Enforcing that contract should be a hate crime

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