Mayor Mahr Performs Fanwood's First Same-Sex Marriage

David Rivera, left, and partner Sandy Herrera, are married by Fanwood Mayor Colleen Mahr as the couple's niece, Jasmine Colon and her fiance, Michael Donofrio, look on. Credits: Tom Kranz
Mayor Colleen Mahr also presided over the couple's civil union in 2007. Credits: Tom Kranz

FANWOOD, NJ - Mayor Colleen Mahr officiated on Friday at the first marriage of a Fanwood same-sex couple since the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the Defense or Marriage Act in June, and Gov. Chris Christie said he would not challenge a New Jersey judge's ruling that same-sex marriages could proceed in the Garden State as of Oct. 21.

David Rivera, who works in IT sales, and Sandy Herrera, a program manager, both Fanwood residents for the past 22 years, were married Friday morning in Fanwood Borough Hall by the mayor. The couple was also the first in Fanwood to enter into a civil union in 2007, a ceremony which Mahr also performed.

The marriage was witnessed by the couple's niece, Jasmine Colon, and her fiancé, Michael Donofrio, both of Piscataway.

Early on the morning of Oct. 21, Mahr married two other same-sex couples in Red Bank at the request of Red Bank councilman Ed Zipprich, who married his partner.

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