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Top Gun actress Kelly McGillis and longtime girlfriend Melanie Leis were joined in a civil union, her rep told

The ceremony for McGillis, 53, and Leis, a 42-year-old sales executive, was held Wednesday at the Collingswood, N.J., Municipal Court. The couple met in 2000. Leis, who now works for a company that provides Muzak to businesses, was an employee at a Key West, Fla., restaurant owned by McGillis and her second husband Fred Tillman.

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Last year, Ms. McGillis announced she was a lesbian. Discussing that interview, Ms. McGillis told the Times: "That was one of those moments when somebody asked me a question, my kids had gone from home, so I really didn't have to protect anyone by skirting the question, and I just decided to be absolutely honest."

McGillis, who also starred in '80s films Witness and The Accused, was married twice before, and has two children with Tillman — Kelsey Laure, 20, and Sonora Ashley, 17.