“Family Ties” actress Meredith Baxter, who played the role of hippie-turned-mom Elyse Keaton on the former series, married her longtime partner Nancy Locke on Sunday.
The 66-year-old star tied the knot in an intimate wedding ceremony in Los Angeles.
Baxter and Locke exchanged handwritten vows in front of friends and family, including Meredith’s five children.
Meredith Baxter and Nancy Locke began dating in 2006 and Meredith came out as a lesbian three years later on the “Today” show.
The wedding featured their mutual friend singing and playing guitar during the ceremony and at the reception. Sources also reveal Nancy’s band performed at the reception.
Meredith and Nancy both took dancing lesson to get ready for their first dance as “wife and wife”.
Baxter stated, “Now I understand why marriage caught on!”
This is the fourth walk down the aisle for the actress. She was married to Robert Bush from 1966 to 1971 and David Birney from 1974 to 1990. Her last marriage was to Michael Blodgett from 1995 to 2000.
Meredith wrote about her choice to come out as a lesbian in her memoir “Untied”.
She didn’t realize until much later in life that she was attracted to the same sex.
The Emmy-winning actress is most known for her role as television mom Elyse Keaton in the 1980s NBC sitcom “Family Ties”, that also starred Michael J. Fox and Justine Bateman.
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