Sit-in Planned for Fired Gay Teacher

Former students of St. Lucy's Priory High School in Glendora, California are planning to sit-in at a school board meeting tonight in their ongoing protest against the firing of Ken Bencomo.  Bencomo -- who had been teaching at St. Lucy's for 17 years -- was terminated after a local newspaper featured a story about his marraige to his long-time partner, Christopher Persky.  An on-line petition organized on by St. Lucy's alum Brittany Littleton has collected 90,000 signatures in support of Bencomo's reinstatement.  The sit-in will take place at St. Lucy's (655 Sierra Madre Ave., Glendora) at 6:30pm tonight (PST).  

Eduardo M. Peñalver is the Allan R. Tessler Dean of the Cornell Law School. The views expressed in the piece are his own, and should not be attributed to Cornell University or Cornell Law School.

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