Former Senator Announces Engagement – To A Man 50 Years Younger


Twenty years after his wife’s death, he’s taking the plunge again – but it’s not what you would expect.

Harris Wofford is 90 years old.   He was a Senator from Pennsylvania from 1991 to 1995, and is also a former adviser to President John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King, Jr.   He and his wife Clare were married for 48 years and had three children.

In an opinion publication for the New York Times, Wofford shares memories of his marriage to Clare, and of the day she died of leukemia when they were both almost 70 years old.   He said, “I was sure I would never again feel the kind of love Clare and I shared.”

Now he is getting married again, he announces.   He met someone five years after Clare died – they have been together for the past 15 years – and they are planning to wed on April 30.

He is marrying a man, 50 years younger than himself.  His new spouse will be Matthew Charlton, who is 40 years old.

He writes, “For a long time, I did not suspect that idea and fate might meet in my lifetime to produce same-sex marriage equality.  My focus was on other issues facing our nation, especially advancing national service for all. Seeking to change something as deeply ingrained in law and public opinion as the definition of marriage seemed impossible.”

It took him 3 years before he got the nerve to tell his children about Charlton.

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