Actress Kelly McGillis has entered a
civil union in New Jersey with her girlfriend, the New York Times
The 53-year-old McGillis tied the knot
with sales executive Melanie Leis, 42, whom she met in 2000, in a
ceremony presided by Judge Robert T. Zane III, the municipal
presiding judge for Camden County, N.J.
The women met when Leis tended bar at a
bar McGillis and then-husband Fred Tillman owned in Key West,
McGillis starred opposite Tom Cruise in
the 1986 box office hit Top Gun. Other film credits include
Witness and The Accused, and the twice-divorced mother
of two most recently appeared in two 2008 episodes of Showtime's
groundbreaking lesbian drama The L Word, in which she played a
closeted Army Colonel trying a “Don't Ask, Don't Tell” case.
The actress came out gay last year,
telling SheWired's Girl Rock video blog that she's “done
with the man thing.” She said she's known she is a lesbian since
12, but was convinced that God was punishing her.
McGillis stars in the upcoming vampire
film Stake Land.