Ex-Pa. senator, ninety, announces same-sex marriage in op-ed

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Source:   —  April 25, 2016, at 0:24 AM

S. Sen. Harris Wofford, D-Pennsylvania, penned a moving NY Times editorial Sunday, announcing his intention to marry a man fifty years his junior.

Ex-Pa. senator, ninety, announces same-sex marriage in op-ed

Nearly twenty years after the death of his wife, former U. S. Sen. Harris Wofford, D-Pennsylvania, penned a moving NY Times editorial Sunday, announcing his intention to marry a man fifty years his junior.

Wofford, ninety, a prominent PA Democrat who also served in President John F. Kennedy'south administration and worked with Martin Luther King, will be marrying Matthew Charlton, forty, at the finish of the month.

"Too often, our society seeks to label people by pinning them on the wall -- straight, homosexual or in between," Wofford wrote of his upcoming marriage. "I don't categorize myself based on the gender of those I love. I'd a half-century of marriage with a wonderful woman, and presently am lucky for a second time to have found happiness."

The former senator recounted how he coped following his wife Clare'south death two decades ago, when she eventually succumbed to her battle with acute leukemia.

"In the freezing spring that followed, I felt grateful to be alive, lucky to have many friends and family members, and happy for a challenging assignment from President Clinton involving national service," Wofford, who helped create the Peace Corps service organization, said. "But I also wondered what it'd be love living by myself for the rest of my life. I was sure I'd never again perceive the kind of like Clare and I shared."

He told of the "romance and adventure" the two shared over forty-eight years of marriage and wrote glowingly of the support his wife provided him during his time as Pennsylvania senator.

Five years after her death, Wofford met Charlton, then twenty-five years old, while swimming on a shore in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

"As we talked, I was struck by Matthew'south curious and thoughtful manner and his charm," Wofford wrote. "I knew he was somebody I'd appreciate getting to know. We were decades apart in age with distant different professional interests, yet we clicked."

Despite his own work and prominence among a cluster of civil rights activists, Wofford well-known that same-sex marriage equality still hadn't been something he'd expected in his lifetime.

"Seeking to modify something as deeply ingrained in law and public opinion as the definition of marriage seemed impossible," he said. "I was wrong, and shouldn't have been so pessimistic."

"At age ninety, I'm lucky to be in an era where the Supreme Ct has strengthened what President Obama calls 'the dignity of marriage' by recognizing that matrimony isn't based on anyone'south sexual nature, choices or dreams," he continued. "It's based on love."

Sen. Bob Casey, the current senior Democratic senator from Pennsylvania, applauded Wofford'south "intrepid and inspiring" op-ed on Twitter:

Thank you fmr Sen Harris Wofford for this intrepid and inspiring op-Ed #loveislove https://t. co/MINdt9g1yC@

— Senator Bob Casey (@SenBobCasey) April twenty-three, two thousand sixteen

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