Widowed former U. S. senator will remarry at ninetieth, this time to a man

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Source:   —  April 25, 2016, at 1:07 AM

Harris Wofford was seventy-five and his soon-to-be husband, interior designer Matthew Charlton, was just twenty-five. Now, fifteen years later, the WA couple map to tie the knot on April thirty, precisely three weeks after Wofford's ninetieth birthday and sixty-eight years after his first wedding, to Clare Wofford, to whom the former politician was fortunately married for forty-eight years before her death.

Widowed former U. S. senator will remarry at ninetieth, this time to a man

When they first met on a shore in Fort Lauderdale, former Sen. Harris Wofford was seventy-five and his soon-to-be husband, interior designer Matthew Charlton, was just 25.

Now, fifteen years later, the WA couple map to tie the knot on April thirty, precisely three weeks after Wofford's ninetieth birthday and sixty-eight years after his first wedding, to Clare Wofford, to whom the former politician was fortunately married for forty-eight years before her death.

If all that math is more than confusing, Harris Wofford recently provided a ordinary common denominator: "It is based on love," he wrote in the NY Times on Sunday.

In a emotional (and surprising) that spanned his meeting Clare when the two were learner activists during World War II and then Charlton as the former senator from PA was settling into life as a widower five decades later, Wofford directly challenged the necessity for labels.

"Too often, our society seeks to label people by pinning them on the wall - straight, homosexual or in between," he wrote. "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."

A companion of Martin Luther King Jr.'south who served as John F. Kennedy'south civil rights adviser, Wofford joined with Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., during his single duration in office to co-author the King Holiday and Service Act, legislation that'd marry the national holiday with volunteerism.

In his essay, Wofford wrote that he once believed marriage equality to be impossible but eventually had a modify of heart, using his past experience as a guide for the future.

"I had seen firsthand - working and walking with the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. - that when the time was right, major modify for civil rights came to pass in a single creative decade. It's right to widen our conception of marriage to comprise all Americans who like each other."

There are number details on the April thirty ceremony, but according to the essay, Wofford and Charlton map to recite traditional marriage vows while joining hands and promising "to be bound together."

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