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Joseph Robert DeIorio and Thomas Henry Shipley Jr. were married on Saturday September 14, 2013 at their church Fort Washington Collegiate Church in Upper Manhattan.

Mr. Shipley and Mr. DeIorio are co-chairs of Beyond Labels LGBTQI Ministry at Fort Washington Church.

Joseph DeIorio 48, is the Borough Administrator and Chief Financial Officer for the shore community of the Borough of Manasquan, New Jersey. Mr. DeIorio was also the longest serving Mayor of his hometown of Roselle Park, New Jersey. He also serves as a Trustee of the Roselle Park Veterans Public Library. He is also Treasurer of Equality GOP New Jersey. He graduated from Pace University and received a master’s in public administration from Kean College of New Jersey.

Thos Shipley, 56, is a jazz vocalist, recording artist and entertainer based in New York City and performs worldwide. Mr. Shipley was also in the Broadway Cast of Miss Saigon from 1997 to 2000 and recently produced his own show, L-O-V-E: Thos Shipley sings the music of Nat King Cole.

His most recent album was “My Favorite Things” (Lyricscore Records, 2005). He graduated with an associate degree in electronics engineering technology from the Ohio Institute of Technology, and studied acting, dance and theater at the Lee Strasberg Theater and Film Institute in New York.

The husband and husband couple recently launched Roselle Park 24/7, a local community development non-profit 501(c)3 organization project ( and co-produce "Out & About with Thos and Joe" news video program for internet news service.

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May 13, 2015

Two years ago, the day after our engagement, Thos and I stood at this very place in front of the Supreme Court. We took an active part in a rally on front of the steps of the United States Supreme Court on the day oral arguments were heard for the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and California’s Proposition 8 ban against same sex marriage. 

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