On Sunday, actress Viola Davis attended the world premiere of her upcoming film Custody at the Tribeca Film Festival. In the film, the star of How to Get Away With Murder plays a New York judge who is at the center of a very real custody battle between the state and a mother who is trying to retain custody of her children.
While on the red carpet at the world premiere, The Advocate asked Davis about LGBT people fighting to keep their children in real life.
115,000 of the 584,000 same-sex households in the U.S. have children. Same-sex couples in the U.S. are now allowed to file for joint adoption of children in all 50 states. There are, however, still three states — Michigan, North Dakota, and Virginia — where licensed child welfare agencies can refuse services to people who are LGBT.
Davis issued a reassuring message about her support for same-sex couples and their families.
"I'm fighting for you," she told The Advocate in a Facebook video. "I believe in you. I think that I'm just as outraged as you are. I think you're worthy of every right that every human being in this country and in this world has been afforded. That's what I would say."
Early Custody reviews say that Davis shines in the movie, and it is currently being screened in a limited release.