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’Family Ties’ Star Meredith Baxter Marries Partner

by Jason St. Amand
National News Editor
Monday Dec 9, 2013
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Meredith Baxter
Meredith Baxter  (Source:AP Photo)

Actress Meredith Baxter, best known for her role as Elyse Keaton on the ’80s sitcom "Family Ties," married her longtime partner Nancy Locke, People magazine reports.

Baxter, 66, and Locke, a contractor, tied the knot in an "intimate ceremony on Sunday afternoon in Los Angeles," People writes. Close friends and family, including Baxter’s five children, attended the ceremony.

During the ceremony, a friend sang and played guitar and Locke’s band played during the reception. People notes that the women took dancing lessons to prepare for their first dance as a married couple.

"Now I understand why marriage caught on!" Baxter told the publication.

Baxter, who came out as a lesbian in 2009 during an interview on the "Today" show, has been dating Locke for seven years.

Last month TMZ reported the women obtained a marriage license.

In 2012, the actress opened up about coming out and spoke with AOL about her decision.

"I thought I was gonna drop into a hole," she said. "I thought it was going to be the end of my career. I thought it was setting myself on fire. I thought it was the end. And it turned out to be the best possible thing I could ever have done. I didn’t know to want the freedom that came, but it was glorious. I really hope other people will take that as an example, a vote of hope and confidence, that their life can change and be okay after coming out."

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