In Out's October cover story, Ellen Page and Julianne Moore open up about playing lesbian partners Laurel Hester and Stacie Andree in the movie Freeheld. A feature-length adaptation of the 2007 Oscar-winning documentary short, Freeheld focuses on the couple — putting micro faces to a macro cause. Hester died in 2006 at the age of 49. She was a 23-year veteran of New Jersey’s Ocean County police force when she was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer. She wasn’t permitted to pass her pension benefits on to Andree, her legal domestic partner. At the time, counties in New Jersey had the option to extend benefits to domestic partners; however, for reasons that seem indisputably tied to antigay discrimination, Hester and Andree weren’t afforded that right by local freeholders. Their battle for justice eventually vaulted them into the national spotlight.
"Here we are today with marriage equality, but we wouldn't have had it without people like Laurel and Stacie," Moore says.
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