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US Ex-Senator Wofford, 90, To Remarry To A Man

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A former US senator will get remarried this week – to someone of a different sex from his first spouse. Harris Wofford, 90, wrote an opinion article in the New York Times voicing strong support for same-sex marriage. He said he felt lucky to live at a time when marriage had been “strengthened” in this way. Mr Wofford said his life was “a story of two great loves” – with his wife Clare, who died of leukaemia in 1996, and with Matthew Charlton, 40.

He 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.” In June 2015, the US Supreme Court struck down same-sex marriage bans in individual states, making gay and lesbian marriages legal across the country.

Clare was a strong influence through Mr Wofford’s political career. The couple had three children together. Mr Wofford, a Democrat, represented Pennsylvania in the US Senate between 1991 and 1995. He started his political life at the age of 18 by founding the Student Federalists, an organisation that promoted world federal government. He went on to become instrumental in the civil rights movement and joined the presidential campaign of John F Kennedy.

Later, he worked with Presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama. Five years after his wife’s death, Mr Wofford met Mr 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 should not have been so pessimistic. “I had seen firsthand – working and walking with the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. – that when the time was right, major change for civil rights came to pass in a single creative decade.

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JUST IN: ECOWAS Lifts Sanctions On Mali

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US President, Donald Trump, Wife Test Positive For Covid-19

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President of the United States, Donald Trump, and his wife, Melania Trump have both tested positive for COVID-19.

The President took to his official Twitter handle on Friday to make this announcement.

Trump was last seen in public on Thursday afternoon, returning to the White House after a fundraising trip to New Jersey.

Also Read: What I Told Trump When He Accused Me Of Killing Christians – Buhari

On Thursday, he announced that his aide, Hope Hicks tested positive for the virus which has killed over 1 million people around the world.

He further revealed that he and the first lady had taken the test and waiting for the results before announcing the outcome on Friday.

 

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Mali: N’Daw, Coup Leader Goita Sworn In As President, VP

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Retired Army Colonel, Bah N’Daw has been sworn in on Friday as the interim president of Mali and he is to head a transitional government following last month’s military coup in the country.

The swearing-in ceremony held in the country’s capital city of Bamako, where Colonel Assimi Goita, who led the military junta, was also sworn in as interim vice president.

This administration is to lead the government for a maximum of 18 months before organising national elections.

Also Read: Buhari Attends Virtual ECOWAS Extraordinary Summit Over Mali Crisis

It will be recalled that the country’s military executed a coup last month (August 18) which successfully removed the nation’s president, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita from office.

Former President of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan, attended the ceremony alongside other members of the ECOWAS mediation team.

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