Former US Senator from Pennsylvania, Harris Wofford, announced that he is engaged to marry a man. Wofford is known for his political work as a top advisor for John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr. and his time as a US senator.
Harris was previously married to his wife, Clare Wofford, for 46 years until she died of leukemia.
A few years later, at the age of 75, Wofford met Matthew Charlton, who was then only 25 years old. They were introduced to each other on a beach.
“We both felt the immediate spark, and as time went on, we realized that our bond had grown into love,” he wrote. “Other than with Clare, I had never felt love blossom this way before.”
“I assumed that I was too old to seek or expect another romance,” Wofford wrote of his wife’s death. “But five years later, standing on a beach in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, I sensed a creative hour and did not want to miss it.”
He also speaks to his sexuality and that he does not let labels define him.
“Too often, our society seeks to label people by pinning them on the wall — straight, gay or in between,” Wofford wrote. “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.”