SHOWBIZ legend Patty Duke has become an ordained minister – just so she can officiate at gay weddings!
“As an ordained minister I want to marry all the gay couples in our country,” the Oscar-winning actress tweeted recently.
The “Valley of the Dolls” star paid $60 to become a minister with the Universal Life Church through an online program. After filling out a short form, she became certified to perform weddings, baptisms and funerals.
The 67-year-old, who starred in “The Patty Duke Show” in the ’60s while still in her teens, continues to act, having recently appeared on “Glee” as the partner of real-life lesbian Meredith Baxter. The two women played a gay couple mentoring gay characters Blaine and Kurt when one of them goes shopping for a ring.
BUT her busy schedule may be taking a toll on her health.
Patty was hospitalized on May 23 after experiencing stomach pains while at a screening of her 1962 film “The Miracle Worker” in Omaha, Neb. She was treated for irritable bowel syndrome and released two days later.
As part of her commitment to the gay community, Patty, who is married to ex-drill sergeant Michael Pearce, is now actively recruiting couples who want to tie the knot through her website, pattyduke.net.
“Patty loves the fact she can bring people together from all walks of life to celebrate their love,” added a friend. “And she can’t wait to unite as many gay couples as possible now that same-sex marriage has become legal in so many states.”