Former Pennsylvania U.S. senator Harris Wofford is set to marry another love of his life; his boyfriend who he has been dating for 15 years. The 90-year-old politician made this announcement in a New York Times op-ed yesterday, where he talked about his late wife Clare, whom he was married to for 48 years, losing her 20 years ago, and meeting the new love of his life, his boyfriend, 40-year-old Matthew Charlton.
They will be getting married on April 30.
“At age 70, I did not imagine that I would fall in love again and remarry,” Wofford said in the op-ed, explaining that he never thought someone would win his heart like Clare did. “But the past 20 years have made my life a story of two great loves.”
“When I told her, ‘You’re my best friend,’ she would reply, ‘and your best critic,’ ” he continued. “And when I said, ‘You’re my best critic,’ she responded, ‘and your best friend.’ ”
According to People, Wofford worked in the Kennedy administration as the Coordinator of Federal Civil Rights Policy, and he also helped found the Peace Corps. The father of three later served as the president of Bryn Mawr from 1970 to 1978, before he became a senator in 1991, leaving in 1995.
His wife died years later and while on the beach of Fort Lauderdale, the 70-year-old widower met the 25-year-old Charlton and fell in love all over again.
“We took trips around the country and later to Europe together, becoming great friends,” Wofford said in the NYT essay. “We both felt the immediate spark, and as time went on, we realized that our bond had grown into love. Other than with Clare, I had never felt love blossom this way before.”
“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,” he continued, adding, “I had a half-century of marriage with a wonderful woman, and now am lucky for a second time to have found happiness.”
“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,” he said. “It is based on love.”
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