Actress Meredith Baxter and Nancy Locke married over the weekend in Los Angeles.

According to, the women, together 7 years, exchanged handwritten vows on Sunday as friends and family, including Baxter's five children, looked on.

“Now I understand why marriage caught on!” Baxter said.

Baxter, who is best known for playing Elyse Keaton on the NBC sitcom Family Ties, announced she's gay during a 2009 Today Show appearance.

“I am a lesbian and it was a later-in-life recognition,” she told Matt Lauer. “Some people would say, well, you're living a lie and, you know, the truth is – not at all. This has only been for the past seven years.”

Baxter, 66, came forward after Perez Hilton published photos on his website of Baxter and Locke aboard an all-lesbian cruise.

Baxter wrote about her three failed marriages to men and coming out in her 2011 memoir Untied.