A former senator of the United States, Harris Wofford will be remarried this week – and that to someone of a different sex from his 1st spouse.
The 90-Years-Old Harris Wofford had written an opinion article in New York Times voicing the strong support for the same-sex marriages.
The ex-senator said that he felt lucky to live at time when the marriage had been “strengthened” in this way.
Mr. Wofford stated that his life was “a story of 2 great loves” – with his wife Clare, who in 1996 had died of leukaemia, and with the 40-Year-Old Matthew Charlton.
He further wrote, “I do not categorize myself based on gender of those I love. I’d a half-century of marriage with a wonderful woman & now I
’m lucky for a 2nd time to have found happiness.”
In June 2015, the Supreme Court of the United States had struck down the same-sex marriage prohibitions in the individual states, making lesbian & gay marriages legal across country.
Wofford’s wife, Clare was a strong encouragement throughout Mr. Wofford’s political career. The couple had 3 children together.
Mr. Wofford had represented Pennsylvania in US Senate between 1991 – 1995.
He initiated his political life at age of 18 by setting up the Student Federalists, which is an organization that promoted the world federal govt.
He went on to become active in civil rights movement & later joined the presidential campaign of John F Kennedy.
He’d also worked with Presidents Bill Clinton & Barack Obama.
5 years after his wife’s death, Wofford met Charlton.
Mr Wofford wrote, “Seeking to change something as deeply ingrained in law and public opinion as the definition of marriage seemed impossible.’’
“I was wrong, and shouldn’t have been so pessimistic.’’
“I’d seen firsthand – working & walking with the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. – that when time was right, major change for the civil rights came to pass in a single creative decade.’’
“At the age of 90, I’m lucky to be in an era where Supreme Court has strengthened what President Barrack Obama calls ‘dignity of marriage’ by recognizing that the matrimony isn’t based on anyone’s sexual nature, choices or the dreams,’’ adding, “It’s based on love.”