Freeheld, Le Combat De Laurel HesterDVD - 2016
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You don't get it. You know? You're straight. You're white. You're male. This is not...
-Don't give me that bullshit.
No. No. It is not bullshit. Things are handed to you I have to fight for. That's the way it is.
-Oh, boo-hoo. So you're the oppressed minority now? Is that it?
Well, actually, the Domestic Partnership Act, passed by the state legislature, extends benefits to same sex partners of state employees.
-Hester is a county employee.
But the law says we can assign benefits to county employees.
- Bryan. ... Right. And bankrupt the county.
Oh, come on.
-Come on. What? People can make anybody their partners and get benefits.
It's really very hard to form a domestic partnership, actually. Harder than marriage.
-Nothing's harder than marriage.
When my heterosexual colleagues die, their pensions go to their spouses. But because my partner is a woman, I don't get to do that. In my 23 years as a police officer, I've never asked for special treatment.
I'm only asking for equality.
Um...maybe I am too old for you.
-Will you stop saying that? If anything you're too smart for me.
No way. You're smart, funny, and you're honest and... basically I think you're amazing.
My fight is not about marriage. It's about equality. It's about a cop getting the benefits she deserves...
-Not about marriage? Are you kidding me? I'm sorry. I just... I'm very passionate about this. If you were married and not this bullshit, second-class citizen domestic partner crap, but married, there wouldn't be an issue. Stacie would be entitled to your benefits. Hell, if you and I got married tomorrow, I'd be entitled to your benefits.
Is that a proposal?
-Oh, honey, I'll marry you. But I wouldn't know what to do with your vagina.
The more of us show up at this meeting, the more they know the department's behind her.
-And if they say yes, then my tax dollars go to her girlfriend.
Yeah. The same way your wife gets your pension if you die.
-Yeah, but she's my wife. The chief says it's a political issue and we can't take sides.
What's political about a cop getting screwed out of her pension?
Imagine the headlines. "Freeholders get several pensions while dying cop gets none." We'll look like idiots
-if we change our minds now. It'll look like we cave.
That's what you do when your ass is against the wall! You cave!
Would you like to hear what Jesus actually said about homosexuality? I will tell you what he said! And I quote. " silence ." That's right. Jesus said nothing on the subject! But he said plenty about compassion!
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