Lt. Laurel Hester was a New Jersey police officer. Laurel Hester was a 23-year veteran of the Ocean County prosecutor's office when she was struck down by rapidly spreading lung cancer. Hester lived with and jointly owned a house with her registered domestic partner, Stacie Andree, who would not be able to afford mortgage payments upon Hester's death. On January 25, 2006 the freeholders extended pension benefits to registered domestic partners. Hester died on February 18, 2006.
Steve Carell Replaces Zach Galifianakis in 'Freeheld' -- Julianne Moore and Ellen Page star in this biographical drama about Laurel Hester and Stacie Andree's fight to amend the Domestic Partnership Act. -- http://www.movieweb.com/freeheld-movie-cast-steve-carell