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  Love wins: Former Sen. Wofford, 90, is engaged to a man, 40
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Last EditedRP  Apr 27, 2016 02:05pm
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AuthorAlfred Lubrano and Thomas Fitzgerald
MediaNewspaper - Philadelphia Inquirer
News DateMonday, April 25, 2016 06:10:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionDeclaring his ardor for a man 50 years his junior, former Pennsylvania Sen. Harris Wofford - a 90-year-old widower who marched with the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and advised President John F. Kennedy on civil rights - will marry the second love of his life on Saturday.

Wofford, who wrote of his plans and passions in an op-ed piece for Sunday's New York Times, described the reaction to his decision to make such private matters public.

Ultimately, Wofford said of his relationship with Matthew Charlton, 40, it all comes down to love: "After 15 years of partnership, Matthew and I love each other, and we want to enjoy the dignity of marriage together.

Wofford was defeated in 1994 by Republican Rick Santorum, then a House member, who became one of the nation's leading opponents of gay marriage.

"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."

Wofford and his wife, Clare, had three children. Clare Wofford, who once headed the major-gifts program at Bryn Mawr College, died in 1996 after battling acute leukemia.
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