Thursday, August 1, 2013
Same sex marriage: Catholic teacher fiewd for being gay
teacher because he married his same-sex partner.
The San Bernardino County Sun reported Wednesday that
45-year-old Ken Bencomo was fired from his job after
teaching at St. Lucy's Priory High School in Glendora for 17
Bencomo's attorney told the San Bernardino County Sun the
school believed the teacher had "violated church teachings" by
marrying his partner after same-sex marriages resumed in
Bencomo and his partner Christopher Persky were one of the
first same-sex couples to get married at the San Bernardino
County Assessor-Recorder's Office after a Supreme Court
ruling killed the state's ban on same-sex marriages. The
marriage was featured in the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin on July
Brittany Littleton, a former student of Bencomo, created
a petition at Change.orgcalling on the school to give Bencomo
his job back.
"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," she
Littleton told Raw Story that students were shocked to see
Bencomo was no longer on their schedules.
"I think many of us would have considered him a friend then and
still do now," she explained. "News of him being fired spread
very quickly when students received their schedules and his
name was not on them. I was completely shocked and sickened.
I didn't want to believe it was true, but when I verified that it
was I knew we had to act."