Michael Lohan is to marry girlfriend Kate Major.

The 49-year-old father of Lindsay Lohan has popped the question to Kate and is "ecstatic" that she has said yes.

He said: "I'm ecstatic. I've never met anyone who's been there for me like Kate. She's always been there for me. The one thing about Kate is that she doesn't come with baggage."

Kate, 27, is also thrilled to be engaged and says the nuptials will take place before the end of 2010.

Chivalrous Michael even asked her father for permission to marry her.

Former Star magazine reporter Kate said: "I'm ecstatic. I'm very happy. Michael and I have known each other for four years, and it's meant to be."

"Michael went down with me to Florida for Easter, to meet my father to ask his permission, and my father gave his blessing.

"I've already talked to some of the bridesmaids, and it will probably be in New York, probably at the end of this year."

Michael was previously married to Dina Sullivan - Lindsay's mother - but the pair divorced in 2007.

As well as Lindsay, Michael and Dina have three other children, Michael Douglas, 22, Ali, 16 and Dakota, 13.