'Top Gun' Star Kelly McGillis & Girlfriend Join in Civil Union

The actress and the sales executive met in 2000 in Key West, where McGillis owned a restaurant

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Actress Kelly McGillis and sales executive Melanie Leis, who have known each other since 2000, were joined in a civil union this week, The New York Times reports.

Judge Robert T. Zane III, municipal presiding judge for New Jersey’s Camden County, N.J., officiated at the Collingswood Municipal Court on Wednesday, says the paper.

The couple met when Leis tended bar in the Key West, Fla., restaurant McGillis owned with her second husband, Fred Tillman, with whom she has two daughters: Kelsey Laure, 20, and Sonora Ashley, 17.

As a then-single McGillis, now 53, told PEOPLE in May 2009, a reporter had asked if she were looking for a man or a woman. “It was like a moment of truth,” she said. “I thought, Hmm, do I say the truth, or do I just say, It’s none of your business, which is my standard answer? I said you know, I’m just going to say the truth. Definitely a woman.”

Among McGillis’s best-known film roles were opposite Harrison Ford in 1985’s Witness, opposite Tom Cruise in 1986’s Top Gun and opposite Jodie Foster in 1988’s The Accused. Leis, 42, reports The Times, works in Philadelphia for Independence Communications, which supplies Muzak to businesses.

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