Former Pennsylvania U.S. Senator Harris Wofford has made a striking announcement recently.
20 years after his 48 years wife Clare death (acute leukemia), the 90-year-old former top adviser to John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr. is getting married again. But this time he decided to change his sexual orientation and marry to a man who is 50 years younger than Harris is.
“Too often, our society seeks to label people by pinning them on the wall–straight, gay or in between,” Wofford once wrote in his powerful article for the New York Times. “I don’t categorize myself based on the gender of those I love. I had a half-century of marriage with a wonderful woman, and now am lucky for a second time to have found happiness.”
Wofford met his new partner, Matthew, for the first time on a beach in Fort Lauderdale five years after his wife passing.
“It was afternoon,” he said. “I swam alone in the water, attracting the attention of two bystanders near the shore. They came over to say hello, which is how I met Matthew Charlton.”
He continued: “As we talked, I was struck by Matthew’s inquisitive and thoughtful manner and his charm. I knew he was somebody I would enjoy getting to know. We were decades apart in age with far different professional interests, yet we clicked.”
Then their male friendship quickly turned into love.
“We both felt the immediate spark, and as time went on, we realized that our bond had grown into love,” Wofford claimed. “To some, our bond is entirely natural, to others it comes as a strange surprise, but most soon see the strength of our feelings and our devotion to each other. We have now been together for 15 years.”
And now this happy couple is getting married.
“At age 90, I am lucky to be in an era where the Supreme Court has strengthened what President Obama calls ‘the dignity of marriage’ by recognizing that matrimony is not based on anyone’s sexual nature, choices or dreams,” Wofford said. “It is based on love.”
Harris and Charlton are going to exchange their marriage vows on April 30. We’re looking forward to this event.
“We will join hands, vowing to be bound together,” Wofford said at the end of his interview. “To have and to hold, for better for worse, for richer for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, until death do us part.”
Good luck to newlyweds!