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Family Ties star Meredith Baxter Outs Herself

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We have a soft spot in our hearts for anything having to do with sitcoms from the 80s, especially those “Where Are They Now?” shows about our best-loved, sometimes obscure actors from the day. So when we read today that one of our favorite TV moms, “Family Ties” star Meredith Baxter did a recent spate of interviews, we perked up. Turns out that Baxter, who has led a relatively quiet life recently save for some guest-starring gigs on TV, has come out of the closet and is now discussing her role as “lesbian mom.”

The thrice-married Baxter explained that she never felt comfortable in her previous relationships and once she realize she was gay seven years ago, she came out immediately to her five children who were incredibly supportive. She told People now that she’s in a long-term relationship with partner Nancy Locke, saying, “I feel like I’m being honest for the first time.” While she’s led an out life for the past few years, Baxter decided to make the news rounds this week because media outlets have picked up on her story recently. Appearing on “The Today Show,” she told Matt Lauer, “I did not want some tabloid to take the story and make it up — I wanted it to be in my own words.”   [Photo: GettyImages]