Harris Wofford writes an op-ed for The New York Times about love in the modern age
Harris Wofford, a former Pennsylvania Senator and adviser to John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr., will marry his male partner at the end of April, reports Queerty.
The 90-year-old widower whose wife Clare died of Leukemia twenty years ago wrote an op-ed for the New York Times over the weekend, and in it states he is not gender specific when it comes to love.
“Too often, our society seeks to label people by pinning them on the wall–straight, gay or in between,” Wofford writes. “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.”
Five years after his wife died, Wofford met then 25-year-old Matthew while spending time in Florida.
“It was afternoon,” he remembers. “I swam alone in the water, attracting the attention of two bystanders near the shore. They came over to say hello, which is how I met Matthew Charlton.”
He says he was instantly attracted to Matthew’s charm and wanted to get to know him. Wofford says they didn’t have anything in common professionally, but that didn’t stop them from clicking rather quickly.
“We both felt the immediate spark, and as time went on, we realized that our bond had grown into love,” he writes. “Other than with Clare, I had never felt love blossom this way before.”
“To some, our bond is entirely natural,” he continues, “to others it comes as a strange surprise, but most soon see the strength of our feelings and our devotion to each other. We have now been together for 15 years.”
Wofford says that he is proud to live in a modern time when marriage is so inclusive.
“At age 90, I am lucky to be in an era where the Supreme Court has strengthened what President Obama calls ‘the dignity of marriage’ by recognizing that matrimony is not based on anyone’s sexual nature, choices or dreams. It is based on love.”
The big event will take place on Saturday, April 30.
“We will join hands, vowing to be bound together,” Wofford adds. “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.”