Former U.S. Sen. Harris Wofford of Pennsylvania on Sunday announced that he’s marrying a man who is 50 years younger than him after the two fell in love following the death of his longtime wife.
Wofford, a 90-year-old Democrat, penned an op-ed in the New York Times, breaking the news about his upcoming nuptials with a 40-year-old man named Matthew Charlton. “Too often, our society seeks to label people by pinning them on the wall — straight, gay or in between. I don’t categorize myself based on the gender of those I love,” he wrote. “I had a half-century of marriage with a wonderful woman, and now am lucky for a second time to have found happiness.”
Wofford, a father of three, wrote about how he and Charlton met at a Florida beach 15 years ago and fell in love at a time when he believed he would never remarry. Wofford’s wife, Clare, had died in 1996 after battling acute leukemia. “I assumed that I was too old to seek or expect another romance,” Wofford wrote.
The two will tie the knot on April 30, he said. “We will join hands, vowing to be bound together: to have and to hold, for better for worse, for richer for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, until death do us part,” Wofford said.