Laurel Hester (Moore), a decorated New Jersey police detective, is diagnosed with cancer and wants to leave her hard-earned pension to her domestic partner, Stacie (Page). However, the county officials, Freeholders, conspire to prevent Laurel from doing this. Laurel’s hard-nosed detective colleague, Dane Wells (Shannon), and activist Steven Goldstein (Carell), unite in Laurel and Stacie’s defence.
The real Stacie Andree, Dane Wells and Steven Goldstein can be seen as extras in the film. Stacie can be seen wearing a black cardigan behind Elliot Page (who portrays her) in the third Freeholder meeting, sitting in the right aisle seat of the second row. Dane portrays the police officer, between two taller officers, who is handed a box of ashes. Steven can be seen in the second Freeholder meeting, seated behind Steve Carell (who portrays him), holding a red sign and seated in the aisle seat of the right side second row (the same seat that the real Stacie Andree can be seen in, later in the film).