RED BANK: ZIPPRICH WEDS PARTNER

zipprich nicolaides 110607Ed Zipprich, left, and J.P. Nicolaides on election night in 2007. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

Red Bank Councilman Ed Zipprich wed his longtime partner J.P. Nicolaides in one of the first-day marriage ceremonies for same-sex couples early Monday, the website PolitickerNJ reports.

From the report, which is accompanied by a photo of the couple:

At the stroke of midnight Fanwood Mayor Collen Mahr made the following statement:

“As a New Jersey Mayor who supports equality for everyone I was honored be a witness to history by performing the marriage of her good friends Red Bank Councilman Ed Zipprich and JP Nicolaides and Red Bank residents Laura Vitucci and Marlee Naporano,” said Mayor Mahr.” “October 21, 2013 will forever be known as a historic day regarding civil rights in the State of New Jersey.”

In 2011, Mahr performed a Civil Union ceremony for Zipprich and Nicolaides.

Zipprich is in his second three-year term on the all-Democrat borough council and is his party’s candidate for an 11th-district state Assembly seat in the November 5 election. Nicolaides is an executive in Wells Fargo’s home mortgage division.

Zippirch made an “It Gets Better” video in early 2011 showing his home life with Nicolaides as part of an effort to stem a tide of teen suicides.