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Video: Students rally around teacher who was fired for marrying same-sex partner

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ABC Local
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August 9, 2013

GLENDORA, Calif. (KABC) -- A Catholic high school in Glendora is sticking with its decision to fire a gay teacher despite a large rally held Thursday.

"I'm here to support gay rights. I'm supporting Ken Bencomo's right to marry his partner," said Alicia Doktor, an alumni of the school.

Bencomo was fired from his teaching job at St. Lucy's Priory High School about 10 days after he married his partner, Christopher Persky. The couple married on July 1, shortly after the Supreme Court allowed gay marriage in California, and the wedding was featured in a local newspaper.

Bencomo, 45, taught at the all-girls Roman Catholic high school for about 17 years. He was the head of the English department and led the yearbook and dance squad.

"I was honestly disgusted knowing that he was fired for that reason," said Emily Pound, a student.