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'Family Ties' Actress Meredith Baxter Marries Longtime Partner

BaxterFamily Ties actress Meredith Baxter married her longtime partner Nancy Locke in a ceremony over the weekend in L.A., People magazine reports:

Close friends and family – including Baxter's five children –, looked on as the couple exchanged handwritten vows.  Music played a central theme in the celebration. A friend sang and played guitar during the ceremony and at the reception, Locke's band took the stage.

The couple has been together for seven years. Baxter came out of the closet in 2009.

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Arkansas State Rep. Jon Hubbard thinks slavery may have been a "blessing in disguise": "The institution of slavery that the black race has long believed to be an abomination upon its people may actually have been a blessing in disguise. The blacks who could endure those conditions and circumstances would someday be rewarded with citizenship in the greatest nation ever established upon the face of the Earth."

Watch: 'Family Ties' Michael Gross Says He Never Suspected That Meredith Baxter was a Lesbian


Meredith Baxter talks about the reasons why she came out when she did (to beat the tabloids at their game), and her relationships with men vs. her relationships with women.

Her Family Ties husband Michael Gross calls in to say hello, and says he never suspected she was gay: "I bought the PR. I chose to believe the best."

The best? It's funny how those comments can sneak in there.


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Meredith Baxter Discusses Her Public Coming Out At Outfest

Meredith Baxter, who came out as a lesbian last December, participated in a panel discussion I attended yesterday at Outfest yesterday that focused on coming out in Hollywood. She was joined by several other openly gay creative types working in Hollywood as well as publicist Howard Bragman, who famously orchestrated coming outs by Chely Wright and Baxter. When asked about how should would tell the world that she is gay, Baxtyer joked to the audience, “I thought I might put an ad in the paper, kind of like a little birth announcement that would say, 'OK, I'm gay – Meredith.'”

Mb She also explained how Bragman handled her public coming out and how overwhelmed she was by all of the media attention:

"When it became apparent that this was not in my control any longer I was put in touch with the lovely Howard Bragman and he sort of put things into motion in ways that I thought was way over the article in...People Magazine....followed by on air with Matt Lauer saying to national television 'hello im a lesbian!'"

Baxter added, "It was not in my plan but I will say that an enormous amount of relief followed that. I didn't expect it. I didn't know to look for that. I didn't know to want that. But now the feeling is 'Fuck it. Everyone knows. I don't have to worry about anything.'"

When asked if she was still pursuing acting roles, Baxter said that she was indeed. "Certainly I am. It's just been a long, slow period. It was tough before I came out. It just hasn't gotten better." She then turned to Bragman and said, "as someone had actually predicted it would be..."

Speaking of Outfest: Sasha, a German film about a teen boy who struggles to come out to his immigrant Montengrin family, is a gem of a film, and I'm not just saying that because my parents came from that country as well. It's touching, sweet, awkwardly funny and totally worth a peek.

(photos via Greg in Hollywood)

Finally, the big winners at Outfest were announced earlier this afternoon. The full list is AFTER THE JUMP.

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News: A "No" To Marriage Equality For Argentina, Black Gay Pride, Barack's Revenge


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Road Out publicist Howard Bragman and actress Meredith Baxter will join a panel of Hollywood "industry insiders" to tackle the topic "Coming Out in Hollywood" at Outfest in L.A. on July 17.

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Road DO CRY FOR ME: Another marriage setback, this time in Latin America. The Senate General Legislation Committee of Argentina has voted 9 to 6 to recommend that a marriage equality bill be rejected by the Senate. The Senate will continue debating it.

Road Chicago's South Side holds black gay pride parade. Charlotte, North Carolina, is next.

Road Republican Presidential hopeful Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana has signed into law a bill that allows guns to be carried into churches. No, Hammer, that's why we pray.

RoadVisionaire 58 is a(n expensive) tribute to the late Alexander McQueen.

Road Three-year legal battle ends positively for Tennessee lesbian fighting for the right to have her own teenage children stay legally with her in the home she now shares with her partner.

Road "Are y'all gay...we should whoop your ass for that!" Arrests made in gay couple's mugging in Atlanta; Atlanta Police Department Officer Patricia Powell, LGBT liaison, says, "I don't know if gay people are being targeted."

HorriblepersonImage9Road Rush Limbaugh thinks President Obama created the recession on purpose as a payback for racism.

Road Retiring Reform Jewish Rabbi Peter Knobel of Evanston, Ill., reflects on his change from being homophobic to officiating at gay weddings.

Road Principal photography (with a tony cast including Abbie Cornish, James D'Arcy and James & Laurence Fox) began this week on W.E., Madonna's directorial feature debut, co-written with Truth or Dare director Alek Keshishian. The film is, in a nutshell, Julie & Julia except with Wallis Simpson instead of Julia Child.

Road Tipper Gore doesn't believe masseuse's allegations that soon-to-be-ex Al groped and assaulted her.

Watch: Clay Aiken, Meredith Baxter, Staff Sgt. Eric Alva, Joe Solmonese speak at Human Rights Campaign Carolinas Dinner


Durham, North Carolina-native Pam Spaulding has a full report on the HRC Carolinas Gala held last night in Raleigh, NC. Clay Aiken and Meredith Baxter were the celebrity guests on hand. Also there was Staff Sgt. Eric Alva, the first marine wounded in Iraq.

And despite signals from the White House and elsewhere that suggest otherwise, HRC President Joe Solmonese promised 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' would be repealed this year.

Their speeches, AFTER THE JUMP...

Visit Pam's House Blend for her thorough coverage of the evening.

Writes Pam: "The celebratory mood here was kind of interesting, since the one thing that could be focused on (other than reaching fundraising goals) is that hate crimes legislation was passed at the federal level. Alas there is so much more to be done. Joni Madison, COO of McKinney Advertising in Durham was one of the effusive HRC Carolinas co-chairs, along with Robert Dogans and Maddy Goss. Oy they speak too quickly. Did you know that the Carolinas gala is the second-largest fundraiser for HRC nationwide. When I see the room filled with so many people who clearly feel committed to LGBT equality at this gala, it is the kind of support that state and local organizations need to see as well. Equality NC, btw, had a fantastic turnout at its annual gala as well. Our LGBTs do turn out for this kind of event."

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