"Freeheld" features Michael Shannon alongside Julianne Moore and Ellen Page telling the true story of detective Laurel Hester (Moore) fighting to get her pension awarded to her partner, Stacie Andree (Page) in New Jersey in 2005. And Shannon has a personal connection to the story that made the fight for marriage equality a no-brainer.
It's interesting to think how the marriage equality fight has evolved since 2005.
It's such a simple thing, such a simple plea for decency and human respect. Laurel devoted a huge portion of her life to protecting and taking care of her community, and she just wanted the same for herself. I don't know, I don't see how people can be unmoved.
Has what's happened this year with the Supreme Court changed your view on the story?
Yeah, but there's still a stigma. And there's still dissent. There's still people that want to act like the Supreme Court was wrong. Like in my glorious home state of Kentucky. It never stops being topical, but there's definitely a momentum. It seems like we're real close to getting over it. Because it's silly. It's silly that so much pain and angst comes out of how people choose to love one another. I can understand being mad at somebody because they hurt somebody or they disregard other people's experience or whatever, but to have an issue with somebody because of how they choose to love is really perplexing to me. My oldest sister is gay, and she's married and they've adopted a couple of kids and they're just a beautiful family. It's never bothered me in the slightest. I mean, she's my sister.