News 'Family Ties' Star Meredith Baxter Marries By Antoinette Bueno 6:59 AM PST, December 9, 2013 Getty Images Family Ties star Meredith Baxter, 66, married her longtime partner Nancy Locke on Sunday afternoon in Los Angeles, People reports. The pair has been dating for seven years. Pics: 13 Celebs Who Have Come Out "Now I understand why marriage caught on!" she tells People. According to the magazine, Baxter's five children attended the ceremony, and the couple exchanged handwritten vows. Baxter came out as a lesbian in 2009. Video: Michael J. Fox Goofs Off in 'Family Ties' Gag Reel "I feel like I'm being honest for the first time," Baxter told People at the time about her relationship with Locke, a building contractor.