90-year-old ex-US senator to remarry a man

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Washington, April 25 (IANS) Ninety-year-old former US senator Harris Wofford has said that he is getting married to a man — 50 years younger to him — almost 20 years after his wife died, the media reported on Monday.

Wofford, a Democrat who was also a top adviser to John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr., announced his marriage to Matthew Charlton in a New York Times op-ed published on Sunday, CNN reported.

“Too often, our society seeks to label people by pinning them on the wall — straight, gay or in between,” Wofford wrote.

“I don’t categorise 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.” he said.

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Wofford’s wife, Clare, died in 1996 after battling acute leukemia.

He wrote of their close bond and the balance between him, the romantic, and her, a realist.

“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.”

Wofford, 75 at the time, wrote of meeting Charlton, then 25, on the beach.



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