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Teacher says Catholic high school fired him after learning that he married his same-sex partner

An email I received from Change.org:

According to friends and fellow teachers, Ken Bencomo had been a "beloved mentor" and teacher at St. Lucy's Priory High School in Glendora, California for 17 years, heading up the English department and serving as yearbook moderator and dance coach. But on July 1, shortly after a newspaper story featured Bencomo's marriage to his long-time partner Christopher Persky, Ken Bencomo was reportedly fired for “violating the church’s teachings.”

Bencomo's termination prompted St. Lucy's alum Brittany Littleton to launch a Change.org petition urging St. Lucy's Priory High School to give Bencomo his job back. More than 7,000 people have already joined her campaign, including current and former students.

Says Brittany (the petition starter): “As a proud alumni of St. Lucy's, I am disgusted and heartbroken by this act of prejudice. I believe that Mr. Bencomo deserves to keep his job, and that discrimination against teachers based on their sexual orientation must end. Please join me in speaking up for this adored teacher.”
Says Allyssa DenDekker (comment left on the petition): “St. Lucy's taught me to stand up for what I believe. I am signing this petition to stand up next to Mr. B and show my support for him. It saddens me that the man who was the heart and soul of the school is gone. He is an amazing teacher and an amazing man.”

Says Dominique McWhorter (comment left on the petition): “I was privileged to have Mr. B as an English and Yearbook teacher, as well as the Spirit Squad choreographer. He made my years at St. Lucy's that much more special and memorable with all the laughs and life advice. He genuinely cares about his students and it shows in his everyday work as a teacher. This situation makes no sense to me and I am highly disappointed. We are taught that Christ loves and accepts all and I am a firm believer in just that.”


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It is good to see a school getting rid of those that lead an immoral life since teachers can set an example for students and no one would want to see an innocent child drawn into this lifestyle.

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